On Tuesday, President Donald Trump raised the stakes against North Korea with a blistering statement.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” he said. “They will be met with fire, and fury like the world has never seen.”
North Korea has threatened the U.S. multiple times in the past, but this time around, it's getting quite particular.
According to Reuters:
North Korea said on Wednesday it is “carefully examining” a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury”.
A spokesman for the Korean People's Army, in a statement carried by the North's state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be “put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment” once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.
In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.
The official release from the North Korean army is even more specific, though.
The threat reads:
"The KPA Strategic Force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in order to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base in which the U.S. strategic bombers, which get on the nerves of the DPRK and threaten and blackmail it through their frequent visits to the sky above South Korea, are stationed and to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.
The plan is to be soon reported to the Supreme Command soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the DPRK, makes a decision."
The Hwasong-12 missile does have the capability to reach Guam, according to CSIS Missile Defense Project.
The United States has 6,000 troops in Guam. At this time, there has been no statement from the White House or the president on the latest comments out of North Korea.