North Korea claims missile strike could hit US Pacific territory, warning any American military action would provoke ‘all-out war’
Pyongyang said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, located 3,400km (2,100 miles) away, and threatened to create an “enveloping fire” around the territory. Guam is home to a US military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a coastguard group.
Pyongyang’s provocation followed the most aggressive language yet from US President Donald Trump on North Korea, who vowed to unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the US. The report that US intelligence believes North Korea has miniaturised nuclear weapons so it can fit them to its growing arsenal of medium and long-range missiles, which are at various stages of development, will only add to concerns.
President Trump warned North Korea to stop threatening the United States with its ongoing achievements in nuclear weaponry.
“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,”
“As I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,”
The president successfully negotiated United Nations Security Council sanctions after the rogue nation continued to ramp up their nuclear program in North Korea, but a report from the Washington Post on Tuesday said that the country had developed miniaturized nuclear warheads for its missiles.
Trump has tried urging China to do more to contain the threat posed by North Korea, but Chinese Xi Jinping has failed to deliver.
Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster warned a week ago that the North Korea’s actions were “intolerable.”
“The president has been very clear about it: He said he’s not going to tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States,” McMaster said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on MSNBC.
Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said:
“We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe.”