North Korea’s foreign minister’s comments suggest the country may no longer tolerate this kind of defensive signaling from the US, and may begin treating these flights as aggressive acts of war even if they don’t cross into North Korean airspace.
An actual exchange of fire between North Korea and the US — two nuclear-armed powers — is still unlikely, but the fact that it is much more plausible today than it was yesterday is disturbing. This is where we are now,” Jenny Town, the assistant director of Johns Hopkins’s US-Korea Institute, tells me.
sent several B1 bombers and fighter planes on a mission Saturday along the North and South Korean borders.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday threatened to shoot down US warplanes, claiming “the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.” It’s one of the most serious threats the North has leveled to date — and it has experts extremely worried.