Twitter explains why it won't remove Trump's North Korea tweet

Joanna Estrada
September 27, 2017

Alannah Hill has the details.

North Korea's foreign minister says President Trump's tweets about the Korean nation amount to a declaration of war and that under worldwide law, his country can legally shoot down USA military planes - even if they're not in North Korea's airspace.

"As you already know, for the last few days the United Nations and the global community sincerely wished that the war of words between the DPRK and the United States does not turn into real actions".

"In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operating table of the Supreme leadership of DPRK", Ri said, according to his official English translator.

Ri was speaking this morning in NY, where United Nations meetings have been going on since last week.

Hours after it was revealed South Korean President Moon Jae-in sanctioned supersonic US B-1B Lancers to fly north of the demilitarized zone off the North Korean coast, a former United States general said the Pentagon estimates 20,000 people would be killed per day in South Korea should war break out on the peninsula, CNBC reports.

The White House quickly tried to de-escalate the situation.

"For the past couple of days, we had earnestly hoped that the war of words between North Korea and the USA would not lead to action", Ri Yong Ho said in remarks translated for NPR by journalist Jihye Lee.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she believes war with North Korea can be avoided.

"No nation has the right to fire on other nations' aircraft or ships in global airspace or waters".

"Our goal is still the same".

Earlier on Monday, State Department spokesperson Katina Adams told CNN the U.S. seeks a "peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". That's our focus. Doing that through both the most maximum economic and diplomatic pressures is possible at this point.

The Trump administration clarified that it is not seeking to overthrow North Korea's government after the president's tweet.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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