North Korea Says It Might Fire Missiles Into Waters Near Guam

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not going to get away with his "horrific" comments and disrespecting America.

In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the US "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK". Kim appeared in photos sitting at a table with a large map marked by a straight line between what appeared to be northeastern North Korea and Guam, and passing over Japan - apparently showing the missiles' flight route. Pacific territory of Guam.

It is the closest US territory to North Korea.

North Korea's state-run media reported the country is "carefully examining" plans to attack the US territory of Guam on Wednesday.

"Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been louder in its complaints against a new and tough round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, with strong USA backing, and Washington's use of Guam as a staging ground for its stealth bombers, which could be used to attack North Korea and are a particularly sore point with the ruling regime in Pyongyang".

At the time North Korea said it was launching a telecommunications satellite, but Washington, Seoul and Tokyo believed Pyongyang was testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. A defense system is already in place, - the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD - which protects the island by shooting down ballistic missiles.

While immediate confirmation of the reports was not available, Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.

While Trump was threatening annihilation and boasting from the New Jersey golf resort where he's vacationing that he has made the USA nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to calm the sense of crisis.

"The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", Mattis said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The most important task at hand is for the USA and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation.

"Make sure you understand that this is not the final decision", Robert Carlin, the former chief of the Northeast Asia Division at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research told reporters on a call organized by 38 North, a website that brings together experts on North Korea.

Ellison says whatever North Korea tries to throw at the US controlled territory, USA defenses can handle it, even multiple missiles at a time.

"North Korea has nearly been completely isolated by the outside world".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, a liberal who favors diplomacy, urged North Korea to stop provocations and to commit to talks over its nuclear weapons program. Several Japanese warships also have the Aegis system. The liquid-fuel missile is created to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii.

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