According to reports, North Korea has singled out the island of Guam as a target for its first nuclear missile launch.
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.
The Daily Caller reports the attack may be used to “contain” U.S. forces on the island:
“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,” the spokesman said.
The plan would be reported to the North’s Supreme Command soon, the spokesman said, without citing a date.
The threat follows North Korea’s continuation of their nuclear missile program, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passing sanctions on the country, and the U.S. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster claiming the U.S. would launch a “preventative war”:
In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also accused the United States of devising a “preventive war” and said any plans to execute this would be met with an “all-out war wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the U.S. mainland.”
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The United States should stop its “reckless military provocation” against North Korea to avoid any military action, the army spokesman said.
Another report by the Daily Caller explains the U.S. mainland may eventually be targeted:
“The [Korean People’s Army] Strategic Force is now carefully examining an operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with” the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which the North tested successfully in May, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
“The execution of this plan will offer an occasion for the Yankees to be the first to experience the might of the strategic weapons of the DPRK,” the state-run media outlet explained, quoting a North Korean military spokesman.
North Korea also threatened the continental U.S., warning that “it is a daydream for the U.S. to think that its mainland is invulnerable.”