North Korea’s military will devise a plan by mid-August to fire four intermediate range missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam, according to North Korean state media.
A report on Thursday by the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said the plan is “to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the United States.”
The North Korean military will present the plan to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who will then decide whether to proceed, the news agency reported.
“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the [Korean People’s Army] will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” the report said, citing North Korean Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the military’s Strategic Rocket Forces. “They will fly 3,356.7 km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam.”
In a statement released Wednesday through the news agency, Gyom said U.S. President Donald Trump‘s warning of “fire and fury” is a “load of nonsense.” Gyom also said Trump’s comments fail to grasp the ongoing situation, calling the American leader a “guy bereft of reason” and saying he is “extremely getting on the nerves” of the country’s army.”
“[O]nly absolute force can work on him,” Gyom said in statement, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
The North Korean general added that the country is still examining a possible strike on waters near Guam “to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.” North Korea previously said Tuesday in response to Trump’s remarks it was considering a strike on the U.S. territory in the western Pacific that would create “an enveloping fire.”
Guam is home to some 163,000 people and a key U.S. Air Force base.
Gyom’s statement concluded by saying that the country will be “closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S.”
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