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North Korea ‘considering missile strike on US Guam base’

North Korea has said it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam.

The Pacific island of Guam is home to the US Air Force’s Andersen air base

The North’s official news agency said it was considering a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets at Guam, where US strategic bombers are based.

It quoted an earlier military statement from Tuesday. President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury” on the same day.

The exchanges mark a sharp rise in rhetoric between the two countries.

The UN recently approved further economic sanctions on North Korea, which Pyongyang said were a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, warning the US would “pay a price”.

‘Met with fire and fury’

On Wednesday, the official KCNA news agency said North Korea was “carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam” using its domestically made medium-to-long-range Hwasong-12 missiles.

The news agency reported a military statement issued on Tuesday, which probably came in response to US military drills in Guam.

In a message to the public, the governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo said there was currently “no threat” to the island and the Marianas archipelago, but that Guam was “prepared for any eventuality”.

North Korea’s statement is the latest stage in a heating up of rhetoric and tension.

Pyongyang, which has tested nuclear devices five times, launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in July, claiming it now had the ability to hit the mainland US.

On Tuesday, media reports in the US claimed the North had achieved its goal of making a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles.

While not confirmed, this was seen as one of the last obstacles to North Korea being a fully nuclear armed state.

A report in the Washington Post, citing US intelligence officials, suggested North Korea is developing nuclear weapons capable of hitting the US at a much faster rate than expected.

A Japanese government defence white paper also said the weapons programme had “advanced considerably” and that North Korea possibly now had nuclear weapons.

In response, President Trump warned North Korea to stop threatening the US, saying they would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”.

However, veteran US Senator John McCain was sceptical about Mr Trump’s statement, saying he was “not sure that President Trump is ready to act”.

North Korea had reacted angrily after the fresh sanctions were announced on Saturday by the UN, in an attempt to pressure it into giving up its nuclear ambitions.

The sanctions aim to reduce North Korea’s export revenues by a third.

KCNA said North Korea would retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting the new measures.

It called the sanctions a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, the news agency said.

China, which is Pyongyang’s closest ally, has said it is “100%” committed to enforcing the latest round of sanctions.

Russia and China have previously differed with others on how to handle Pyongyang, but in recent months have joined calls for North Korea to stop its missile tests – while also urging the US and South Korea to halt military drills, and withdraw an anti-missile system from the South.

Meanwhile on Wednesday the UK Foreign Office said it would “continue to work with the US and our international partners to maintain pressure on North Korea”.

“We have been consistently clear and forthright in our condemnation of North Korea’s destabilising and illegal behaviour, including through support for UN Security Council resolutions to bring in sanctions that will limit North Korea’s ability to pursue its nuclear weapons programme,” a spokesman said.

A spokesman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry, quoted by AFP, said it was watching the situation “with the greatest concern” and called on all sides to use restraint. BBC News

  • to what end?that country is indeed ruled by madmen

    • I think N . Korean leaders are miscalculating .

      • Nelia

        Guys…..North Korea is calculating chaiko. Imagine the tensions that it is causing America and the people of Gaum…….North Korea is bringing fear in the people of Gaum so that they will turn against America…..sowly it will achieve its gaol

  • I’m worried now

  • Thre cums problem

  • Try and see the Aftermath

  • LET them try to taste fire with their tongues

  • Iri ndiro dzungu regonzo kunyenga nzou

  • Good,brave koreans

  • source Seoul

  • Do it now we are watching you. You trained Gukurahundi to kill innocent people for now will regret idiots stop making noise do it bustards nxiiiiii

  • they wont dare do that.they have been hit hard with the sanctions thats why they are behaving like this.they wont do anything its just North Korea wants other countries to talk to them only.if they are serious let them strike US-warships then we will see how it goes.it will be over for North Korea regime.

  • That’s just propaganda they won’t jeopardize their regime by carrying out an airstrike on the U S .

  • When will that be??? Can’t wait to see the end of North Korea!!

  • I thot these developed coutries know the repucations of these deadly wars and i thot that they know kuti fighting is a primitive way of solving problems no guys no no to 3ww

  • Kuda kuuraisa innocent people…..madmen

  • They can do their funny testing of their weak missiles in sea not dreaming about doing that on an American base or piece of land ‘All those short and brain washed gunman and those innocent people cry blood tears #NotAmerica”nxaaaaa

  • Why is America everywhere? Nyika yavo yavaitira diki here?

  • The world is.on the brink of ammageddon! Kwangosara a “few ” guys to go back to palestine and it will be over. I hope twill be very soon!

    • Nothing like that will happen

    • Hooo. ???? The superpowers preparing to destroy the whole world!!!! Just wait and see!!!

    • Nonoe2

      I agree….but remember Amagedon does not come from North Korea ………………not even from the Korean Peninsula

  • They should go ahead we want to see a war btn them and usa

  • North Korea is day dreaming. It’s not a sin to fantasize but it is stupidity for North Korea to believe in such a fantasy

  • Am proud of North korean for being one country that threatens the security of America in world.A fanny thing is that America,Russia,China,Britain,France, they have nuclear weapons but if any country tries to make its own defence system,they come and oppress them with what they call sanctions, that’s the sign of empereorism.I hate America.

  • World war 3 is loading……………

  • Mufana anofarisa uyu.

  • Korea yatamba nemadhoti pasina vart America ndibhudhi

  • VanaGhadaffi ainzi mabhuru aripi? Saddam kana yodamburwa vanaRussia tuzu kutarisa

    • Ghadhafi was not a bull cz he didn’t hve nuclear weapons

    • Saddam?

    • Huhu arikutiiko uyu, Gaddafi na Saddam wakambovanzwa vachithretena USA? Vakaurayirwa oil iri munyika dzavo.

    • Yes i know but vainzi mabhuru .vaichallenger US gaddaffi chaiye kuUN aitaura zvaaida kuna Obama vanhu vachirova maoko.Ava kurohwa vairova maoko vaive vakangoti tuzu

  • I like the boldness of North Korea

  • Been waiting for that,i hope Korea isnt joking. Well, will Korea get away with it??

  • Let them fight we have got nothing there.

  • They should ask themselves the whereabout of Saddam. Never challenge America.

  • They want to die very fast thy dnt americans. Let thm do

  • So sweet

  • War mongers

  • I salute Kim one young man who cannot be intimidated , he knows his capability & America knows also very well that it won’t be a walkover. No jokes NK has become a superpower . since when did America threatened to attack NK ? Keeping on telling someone that I will beat you & not taking action simply means you are afraid to start the fight . Big up Kim this world is now ruled by a young generation.

  • Kim chibaba viva North korea

  • Watch out reckless statements please politicians people die as yu show off …God is watching

  • America was shakened by just a single strike by a mere civilian Osama Bin Laden…now they wanna dare Kim…….the entire Washington D.C will be in tears trust me…..rmmbr a lion can kill a zebra…but if a zebra strikes well it can kill a lion also

  • America struggle to defeat afghanistan……and osama bin laden akava pedzera pakave nekuungudza kukuru mu washington d.c…varakasha na bin laden ainge asina kana ICBM (Inter continental ballistic missile) america can defeat North Korea but not that easily…coz ma koreans haa bribwe sezvakaitwa ma arab ekwa hussein vakatengesana voga pachavo….so its gonna be difficult for america to penetrate on Kim’s internal affairs…coz america yajaira kutanga yakonzera ma divisions munyika imomo of which ku north korea hazviitiki izvozvo…..so ini ndinoti achaikunda hake korea but pachave nekuungudza mu washington….and pari pa technology north korea musai tarisire pasi….kana america ichida hondo ngaino rova russia tione kuti hapaitike mariro here since Putin akati he just need 12hrs kubvusa america pa map

    • easier done than said…..mupfanha ngaabvunze china yaarikutemba nayo,kana mu american azvifunga kunova nekugeda geda kwemeno.the japanese and germans can tell you kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

    • easier said than done;

    • Those tensions between America and Russia will be not a surprise to see Russia defending NK .America is now somewhere somehow becoming a bully

    • Osama was just hidding he was not fighting. It only took a long tym to find him. North korea is a small country compared to Afghanistan wc is a desert country and covering tht vast land in a war is hard. North Korea can be destroyed completely buy just 1 bomb

  • Trump heyo nyaya tave kwidza kwauri ndiwe Jinda guru.Chiradza vadyi vomusunde namagwaya.Ungabatwa here wakarivara.Wake up smell the coffee before too late.Kurira kwanadafi hakutadzisi nzou kumwa mvura.Kunyarara hausi udera.North korea yave kudenha marumamombe.Zviziso zvakaita sezvimaChina Zvinotubugwa tubugwa izvo.U S not a laboritory….

  • To those who think America is always right are mistaken because America its self manufacture nuclear weapons so what the point of attacking North Korea ,Gd example Afghanistan was reduced to ashes by the so called super power ( note the weapons used were nuclear bombs )

  • America will get another shock of the century after the Vietnam shock defeat of the 1970s

  • They think they can threaten America with those inferior missiles that can barely work kkkkkk Keep dreaming North Korea. Long Live America

  • Weapon or no weapons US will crash that NK like flies am telling you that country spends billions of dollars in preparation for wars NK will be leveled to ashes before they could fire any missile

  • Rega tirime hedu takanyarara

  • I love the defiant North Korea