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    North Korea Asserts Right to Shoot Down US Warplanes

    This could swiftly go down in flames. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho yesterday claimed Pyongyang’s right to shoot down American planes, even in international airspace, saying that President Donald Trump’s tweeted taunt that North Korea’s leadership “won’t be around much longer” amounted to a formal declaration of war. The White House brushed off Ri’s interpretation as “absurd.” As tensions continue to mount, analysts fear that an errant tweet could touch off military confrontation. A U.N. spokesman warned, “Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings.”

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