US general: We'll fly where international rules allow

Two Ellsworth Air Force Base B-1B bombers were joined by U.S. Marine, South Korean and Japanese fighters in a show of force mission Monday. (U.S. Air Force Photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AP) – The U.S. Air Force's top commander in the Asia-Pacific region says his troops haven't changed the way they operate since North Korea asserted it would have the right to shoot down U.S. bombers even in international airspace.

U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy told The Associated Press that the U.S. feels strongly it should be able to fly and sail anywhere international rules allow and it will continue to do so.

O'Shaughnessy spoke Friday after he hosted a meeting in Hawaii of air force leaders from around the region.

North Korea's foreign minister said last week that a tweet by President Donald Trump was a ``declaration of war.'' He said North Korea had the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.