(National Sentinel) War Drums: Within 48 hours of the United States sending a sortie of B-1B bombers and F-15C fighters in international airspace to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea last weekend, North Korea’s foreign ministry issued a statement accusing President Trump of declaring war on Pyongyang — a political action that is reserved to Congress, not presidents.

In addition, North Korea’s top foreign diplomat claimed the right to shoot down any American aircraft Pyongyang claimed was threatening the country, even in international airspace.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” said Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country,” he added.

U.S. officials, of course, quickly denied such allegations, even calling the assumption that a declaration of war had been made “absurd.”

The North Koreans were reacting to a tweet that Trump sent on Sept. 23, which said, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Little Rocket Man is Trump’s derogatory nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. That, Ri said, amounted to a declaration of war.

Obviously, this represents a serious escalation in the war of words, at least, between the Trump administration and that of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

However, if American planes are targeted, that will be all the legal justification Trump needs to launch a devastating attack against Pyongyang that would not only target all known nuclear, chemical, and conventions weapons but likely involved a “decapitation” operation aimed at taking out Kim and senior North Korean leaders.

What would China do? Would Beijing intervene militarily in support of their erstwhile ally? Experts believe the Chinese would only do so if the U.S. fired first, not if North Korea fired first.

Most experts believe the Chinese would only do so if the U.S. struck first, not if North Korea fired first. That said, Beijing isn’t likely to look the other way if U.S. and South Korean troops get too close to the country’s Yalu River border with North Korea.

As for the U.S. bomber/fighter flight, Beijing is well aware it took place in international airspace. It is also well aware as to why the mission took place: As a show of force aimed at reminding Kim of the power arrayed against him, should he miscalculate — as it sounds he may be about to do.

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