North Korea said today (Wednesday, August 9) that it is considering a missile strike on Guam after President Trump told Pyongyang that any threat to the USA would be met with “fire and fury”.
The secretive state’s official media reported that Pyongyang was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, a Pacific island that is host to a major US military base.
A Korean People’s Army spokesman, in a statement broadcast by North Korea’s KCNA news agency, said the plan could be put into practice “at any moment”.
In another statement, quoting a senior military spokesman, North Korea also accused the US of plotting a “preventive war” and said this would be met with an “all-out war wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the US mainland”.
Hours before, while speaking to reporters while ‘on holiday’ in New Jersey, President Trump issued a strong warning to Kim Jong Un’s regime.
He said: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Responding to the country’c continuing missile tests, the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday, which could slash its meagre export revenues by a third.
As we have reported this week, North Korea has claimed its nuclear weapons programme is merely a response to perceived American aggression.
In a statement to the chairman of the Asean summit meetings being held in Manila this week, the country’s foreign minister said Pyongyang needed the capacity to strike at the “heart of America” to prevent the sort of regime change operations seen in countries like Panama and Iraq.
The US and North Korea have technically remained in a state of war since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty.
Tensions have been rising since North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year and two ICBM tests last month. Developing a credible nuclear arsenal has been Kim Jong Un’s long-stated ambition since inheriting power from his late father.
On Monday, two American B-1 bombers flew from Guam over the Korean Peninsula as a part of its “continuous bomber presence” — underlining the importance of the island outpost.
Republican Senator John McCain said Trump should tread cautiously when issuing threats to North Korea unless he is prepared to act.
Speaking in a radio interview, the decorated US Navy veteran said: “I take exception to the president’s comments because you got to be sure you can do what you say you’re going to do.”
The Washington Post reported yesterday that North Korea had successfully produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.