North Korea has defied threats of “fire and fury” from Donald Trump, deriding his warning as a “load of nonsense” and announcing a detailed plan to launch missiles aimed at the waters off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The statement from North Korean General Kim Rak Gyom said North Korea would produce a plan to fire four Hwasong-12 rockets more then 2,000 miles over Japan to “hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam” . The statement released by North Korean state media on Thursday morning came hours after US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warned North Korea not to invite the destruction of its people.
There are two major bases on Guam: Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south. They are both managed under Joint Base Marianas. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam’s hotels and resorts, is in between.
Donald Trump eerily predicted North Korea’s nuclear program during an interview back in 1999, saying the North Korean regime was filled with “wackos” and warning American politicians “you better solve the problem” before it’s too late.
Trump was speaking with NBC’s Tim Russert when he made the startling prediction,
“You say that you, as President, would be willing to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea’s nuclear capability,” said Russert.
“First, I’d negotiate, I would negotiate like crazy and I’d make sure we tried to get the best deal possible,” said Trump. “These people, in three or four years, are going to have nuclear weapons. They’re going to have those weapons pointed all over the world and specifically at the United States. Wouldn’t you be better off solving this [problem] now?”
“The biggest problems this world has is nuclear proliferation. We have a country out there, North Korea, which is sort of wacko. Which is not a bunch of dummies and they are going out and they are developing nuclear weapons,” he added. “Wouldn’t it be good to sit down and really negotiate something? If that negotiation doesn’t work you better solve the problem now than solve it later.”
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“You know it, and every politician knows it, and nobody wants to talk about it,” said Trump.