North Korean state media warned Wednesday that it is considering launching strikes on U.S. forces in Guam, as well as the U.S. mainland.
Pyongyang criticized the recent U.S. test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, as well as the B-1B Lancer flight Monday over the Korean Peninsula. North Korean state media claimed that the U.S. “openly staged an actual nuclear strike drill” targeting North Korean strategic assets.
Kim Jong Un has reportedly called for the development of a “powerful and effective action plan for containing the U.S. imperialists’ aggression.”
“The [Korean People’s Army] Strategic Force is now carefully examining an operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with” the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which the North tested successfully in May, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
“The execution of this plan will offer an occasion for the Yankees to be the first to experience the might of the strategic weapons of the DPRK,” the state-run media outlet explained, quoting a North Korean military spokesman.
North Korea also threatened the continental U.S., warning that “it is a daydream for the U.S. to think that its mainland is invulnerable.”
North Korea has an intercontinental ballistic missile that can range most of the continental U.S., and a new Defense Intelligence Agency assessment suggests that North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads for its missiles. The North is, according to a recent defense intelligence report, expected to be able to field a reliable, nuclear-armed ICBM as early as next year.
President Donald Trump issued his own threats Tuesday. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” the president declared before the White House press pool. “They will be met with the fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
The situation on the Korean Peninsula is escalating, and neither side is backing down.
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