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On Wednesday, the North Korean regime announced that it was weighing a strike on Guam, one of the U.S. territories in the Pacific.
A North Korean military spokesman released a statement indicating that American provocation would trigger a missile strike. According to Reuters, the regime said it was “carefully examining” a plan that could be “put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment.”
Just hours beforehand, President Donald Trump warned North Korea that additional threats toward the U.S. would result in retaliation:
“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. He has been very threatening beyond a normal statement. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
On Tuesday morning, Trump also called for “tough & decisive” action with regard to North Korea.
After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017
As previously reported, the Defense Intelligence Agency determined that North Korea manufactured a miniaturized nuclear warhead, which can fit inside long-range missiles capable of reaching the U.S.
News of the regime’s capability comes against the backdrop of several provocative missile and nuclear tests. In July, the U.S. Department of State confirmed that North Korea had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. And according to The Washington Post, the hermit nation has tested five nuclear weapons since 2006.
In September 2016, the regime tested a bomb with a blast estimated at twice the size of the one detonated over Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.
The country also, according to another intelligence assessment, is estimated to have at least 60 nuclear weapons.
North Korea’s actions drew a punishing response from several of the world’s major countries. On Saturday, for example, members of the U.N. Security Council approved new economic sanctions on the regime.