North Korea Boosts Coastal Defenses Following "Declaration Of War" Speech

North Korea appears to be following through with its threat to shoot down US fighter jets and bombers that travel near its airspace, as US jets and bombers did on Saturday, according to a Yonhap report - the latest sign that North Korea intends to follow through with threats made by Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho during a speech outside the UN on Monday.

During the speech, Ri claimed that Trump’s recent tweet that DPRK's leadership would “not be around much longer” amounted to "a declaration of war" and added that North Korea has "every right to take countermeasures against the US, including to shoot down American jets outside the DPRK's airspace" as part of its right to self-defense under the United Nations charter.

“The UN Charter acknowledges member states’ right of self-defense,” Ri said outside a hotel near the UN headquarters on Monday. “As the United States has declared a war, even though its strategic bombers don’t cross our border, we will come to own all rights to respond for self-defense including shooting down its planes at any time."

Less than a day later, North Korea has reportedly boosted its east coast defenses, moving aircraft and fortifying their positions, according to Lee Cheol-woo, the chief of the South Korea National Assembly's intelligence committee.

As a reminder, on Monday Ri said that the North’s right to countermeasures included shooting down U.S. bombers “even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country”.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” he told reporters in New York on Monday, where he had been attending the annual United Nations General Assembly. “The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then,” he said.

The buildup is also a reaction to an unprecedented “show of force” this weekend when Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, even crossing the de-facto sea border between the two countries. The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any US fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century. According to Reuters, the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan. The Pentagon said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Korea’s “reckless behavior.”

Lee added that, contrary to the impression gleaned from the fiery speech, the North was being cautious not to cause any accidental military clash along the tense land border, and that it has directed its armed forces to "report first before taking any military measures."

Separately, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denied on Monday that the United States had declared war, calling the suggestion “absurd”, while China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said war on the Korean peninsula would have no winner.


Jim in MN Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:18 Permalink

I calculated the average annual fatalities from war to be about 250,000 per year since 1945. Chart below from Wikipedia shows 2014, 2015 and 2016. Couple of these wars are winding down. How about if we go from 2017 into 2018 with only Afghanistan as a large 'hot war', and the Mexican drug war coming in second? We are likely looking at an 80% drop in fatalities, 99% of global population not at war: an outbreak of world peace not seen in generations. Virtually no mass civilian casualties.And no one but you knows about it. How strange is that?… 

sickavme Jim in MN Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:29 Permalink

What are they gonna use?Slingshots n rocks??? Seriously, their AA capabilities are vintage 50's... when, you know, they were( and are still) flying the mig 17... The best they got is the S-200(which is old and well known to be defeated) and some homebrew wanna-be S-300s... No practical experiance with any of said AA systems, and they are so old that our own vintage aircraft from the Vietnam era were leveled up to defeat them.... So old....

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land_of_the_few sickavme Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

F-15 Shot Down in Libya by S-200/SA-5 Missile rebels say they shot down Moroccan jetclaim to have brought down F-16 plane taking part in Saudi-led coalition…. 14, 2001After 9 Days, Ukraine Says Its Missile Hit A Russian JetSiberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Ukrainian S-200 (SA-5) accidentally locked on to a Tupolev Tu-154 passenger aircraft when the target drone the missile was aimed at was destroyed by another missile. The airliner was destroyed over the Black Sea on 4 October 2001, killing all 78 people on board.… Buk (SA-11) missile system is the successor to the NIIP/Vympel 2K12 Kub (NATO reporting name SA-6 "Gainful"). The first version of Buk adopted into service carried the GRAU designation 9K37 and was identified in the west with the NATO reporting name "Gadfly" as well as the US Department of Defense designation SA-11.Current (SA-11) operatorsAlgeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Ukraine - 72 9K37M1 as of 2016, Venezuela

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Deep In Vocal … Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:20 Permalink

The american aggressors will be going home in body bags. the families wondering what happened..............the mother screams what happened to my son! here's what happened dumb american...cannon fodder for the jew...thats what fucking happened.... the american the aggressor....on the other side of the fucking planet where they have no business.......  i didnt know you had to go to the other side of the fucking planet to protect a flag and your country at home? i lost count on how many places you are slaughtering civilians now.....all i know is that what goes around comes around american...................  

Arnold Soph Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:50 Permalink

If I could understand what he was trying to say without parsing each word, I might not be so ready with a reddie.
Kinda bot like word generation.
You'd think this type of AI would start with speling ,syntax and at least an attempt at proper punctuation.

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More_sellers_t… Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:21 Permalink

Ya gotta wonder what goes through a guy like thats head. As he stands in front of a hotel in NY, modern world buzzing around him, as he defends the dump he flew in from.  If I was him I would probably take a walk up First Avenue and blend in and make a new life for myself. 

Deep In Vocal … Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:24 Permalink

Cannon fodder for the clown boy and his banker friends............yeaaaaaaah........................... never been to war dodged the vietnam he's the supreme commander of the US armed forces........................................... dont worry trump back in military school now...the generals taking good care of him..........totally unhinged so they had to step in and calm the clown boy down...........he's threatening everybody... remember the UN speech..........the lunatic was threatening genocide of the north koreans............. maybe you already forgot that......that selfie stick more important....narcisistic fuck...stick that selfiestick up your fucking ass thats what I think...

bluez Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:36 Permalink

80 "spent" fuel pools in South Korea and Japan will lose cooling and burst into flame. 80X worse than Fukushima. Circuit and computer chips from Asia will be full of radio-isotopes, which will definitely poison the silicon.The big dominos will begin to fall...

RagaMuffin Arnold Tue, 09/26/2017 - 08:07 Permalink

If you are right about the EMP, the risk profile is radically different. Which is NK more concerned about the US or a Supervolcano? Further, doing an above ground test as the US, Russia and China have done hundreds of times, historically can not be construed as an act of war. It literally becomes a twofer for NK

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pc_babe Tue, 09/26/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

FAT BOY is right ... US & UN did declare War. Only thing is, it happened before he was born.

NK, US & UN have been at war ever since NK invaded SK with the backing of the ChiCOMs and Russia.

And, since no Peace Treaty or such was ever signed, the Armistice of 1953 only momentarily put a stop to hostilities so sides could exchange prisoners without a fusillade of artillery interrupting the festivities.

China and Russia continue to use NK as a foil against the West.

FAT BOY is only to happy to oblige. He is a sock puppet. Xi & Putin have their hands so far up his arse, you can see their fingers fumbling around in his nose.