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Trump Responds to North Korean Threat to Shoot Down US Bombers

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States is “totally prepared” for a military option against North Korea if needed, but that it’s not the preferred option.

“If we take that option, it will be devastating, I can tell you that. Devastating for North Korea,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden at the White House during a joint press briefing with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Monday that statements made by Trump had amounted to a declaration of war. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the North’s suggestion as “absurd,” saying “we’ve not declared war on North Korea.”

Trump said North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was acting “very badly.”

“He’s saying things that should never, ever be said. And we’re replying to those things,” Trump said.