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Experts: NKorea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have the capability or intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has the right do so.

They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such an attack as responses to fiery rhetoric by U.S. President Donald Trump and his hardening stance against the North’s nuclear weapons program.

Ri said Trump has “declared war” on his country by tweeting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer.” He said North Korea has “every right” to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers.

This image made on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from propaganda video released by North Korea, shows a B-1B bomber hit by a missile. Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have the capability or intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has the right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such an attack as responses to fiery rhetoric by U.S. President Donald Trump and his hardening stance against the North’s nuclear weapons program. Words say “Those who dare try to harm the Great Nation of Mount Paektu would never escape the fate of becoming a wandering ghost.” (DPRK Today via AP)

Analysts say North Korea may be trying to create a distraction as it works to advance its nuclear weapons development.

This image made on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from propaganda video released by North Korea, shows U.S. President Donald Trump. Military analysts say North Korea doesn't have the capability or intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country's top diplomat saying it has the right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such an attack as responses to fiery rhetoric by U.S. President Donald Trump and his hardening stance against the North's nuclear weapons program. Words say "Madman Trump in the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force babbled that if there will be an attack on the North, the F-35 will lead the way" and "F-35, B-1B and Carl Vinson, lead the attack if you will. That will be the order you head to the grave." (DPRK Today via AP)

This image made on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from propaganda video released by North Korea, shows U.S. President Donald Trump. Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have the capability or intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat saying it has the right do so. They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such an attack as responses to fiery rhetoric by U.S. President Donald Trump and his hardening stance against the North’s nuclear weapons program. Words say “Madman Trump in the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force babbled that if there will be an attack on the North, the F-35 will lead the way” and “F-35, B-1B and Carl Vinson, lead the attack if you will. That will be the order you head to the grave.” (DPRK Today via AP)

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