Twitter explains why Trump North Korea tweet wasn't removed

Alicia Cross
September 29, 2017

The U.S. has threatened on multiple occasions to cut trade with countries that do business with North Korea in violation of United Nations resolutions, and last week, Trump signed an executive order allowing the U.S.to blacklist any company, firm, or individual caught illegally aiding the North Korean regime.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho responded to the comments this week, accusing Trump of effectively declaring war and said Pyongyang now had the right to shoot down USA military jets even if they do not cross into his country's airspace.

The Minister added that North Korea will not wait to act even if the bombers are not within its airspace.

Yonhap suggested the reclusive North was in fact bolstering its defenses by moving aircraft to its east coast and taking other measures after US bombers flew close to the Korean Peninsula at the weekend. The U.S. had launched bombers off the east coast of North Korea to give North Korea a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson will visit China from Thursday to Saturday for talks with senior officials that will include the crisis over North Korea and trade, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Twitter is citing "newsworthiness" and the public interest as reasons why it didn't remove President Donald Trump's declaration in a tweet that North Korean leaders may not "be around much longer".

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The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Evans Revere, a former senior diplomat who met with a North Korean delegation in Switzerland this month, said that Pyongyang had been reaching out to "organizations and individuals" to encourage talks with former United States officials to get a sense of the Trump administration's thinking. Furthermore, North Korea's repeated provocations are destabilizing Northeast Asia, making the regime more of a liability rather than a strategic asset for the Chinese government.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis toned down the rhetoric on Tuesday, saying Washington wanted a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

"A war on the Korean Peninsula will have no victor, which will also be a tragedy for regional countries", Lu told reporters at a daily briefing.

In a press conference yesterday in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said sides "hope to understand that war is not a way out" of United States and North Korean officials' statements about "war on Korean Peninsula".

President Moon Jae-in will hold a special meeting with the leaders of the ruling and opposition parties this week to discuss bipartisan efforts to end North Korea's nuclear ambitions, an official from the presidential office Blue House said Tuesday.

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