North Korea Threatens To Launch Missiles At Guam
Statement follows hours after Trump warned Pyongyang not to make any more threats
SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military to carefully examine a plan for a missile strike on the U.S. military base on Guam, making an unusually explicit threat to attack America.
The threat was made through North Korea’s official media Wednesday morning and came just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump cautioned North Korea to not “make any more threats” to the U.S., warning of a response of “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
While North Korea’s state media regularly warns of strikes on the U.S. homeland and other U.S. military assets in Asia, the threats are usually vague in detail and rarely linked to a direct order from Mr. Kim.
In this case, however, a spokesman for the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army was quoted in state media saying that the force was carefully examining the operational plan and would soon report it to Mr. Kim. The plan, the spokesman said, “will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment once Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the DPRK, makes a decision.”
The DPRK is an abbreviation for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The report said that the plan envisages a missile attack using the Hwasong-12 and targeting the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. The U.S. has sent B-1B bombers at the Guam base to fly over the Korean Peninsula several times this year.
The intermediate-range Hwasong-12 was successfully test-launched in May this year. It was North Korea’s longest-range weapon until last month, when Pyongyang on two occasions successfully test-launched the Hwasong-14, an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say is capable of reaching much of the U.S. homeland.
The spokesman’s remarks, published by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, came after North Korea claimed the U.S. conducted an intercontinental ballistic missile test and sent B-1B bombers to fly over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday.
Official representatives for U.S. Pacific Command and the South Korean military didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on any air exercises conducted on Tuesday.
The missile and air-force flyovers, North Korea said, were “driving the regional situation to an extreme pitch by bringing various kinds of nuclear strategic hardware before the very eyes of the DPRK.”
If North Korea carried out its threat, it said, “the Yankees [will] be the first to experience the might of the strategic weapons of the DPRK.” It urged the U.S. not to “regret today in the future” and force the North “to make an unavoidable military choice.”