North Korea said this week it is considering bombing Guam, the U.S. territory in the Western Pacific that is home to a U.S. Air Force Base and U.S. nuclear assets.
North Korea’s military said yesterday it is seriously considering striking Guam with intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles.
In a video statement, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said: “A threat or attack on Guam, is a threat or attack on the United States.”
"A threat or attack on Guam, is a threat or attack on the United States," said Guam's Governor Eddie Calvo in an address to residents: pic.twitter.com/kNlCxUoZA4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 9, 2017
The boding statement from the country’s state-run media, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), came quickly after President Donald Trump sent a stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said Tuesday. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
“He [Kim Jong Un] 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 the world has never seen before,” Trump added.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea are growing to an all-time high.
The United Nations Security Council over the weekend voted unanimously to sanction North Korea where it hurts – on its exports. The sanctions would cut North Korea’s export revenue by $1 billion, or about a third. The sanctions ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood, and were passed unanimously with a 15-0 vote by the U.N. Security Council; this included support from North Korean allies China and Russia.
The sanctions were in response to Kim Jong Un’s two successful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.
The ICMB tests are “meant to send a grave warning to the U.S.,” and Kim Jong Un “proudly” said that the tests confirm “all the U.S. Mainland is within our striking range,” according to the KCNA.
North Korea has also said it will never stop testing its weapons or deter its efforts to expand its missile program.
North Korea had its first successful test of an ICBM early in July.
On the eve of July Fourth, North Korea successfully tested its first Hwasong-14 missile, and Kim Jong Un reportedly said there are more “gifts” for the “American bastards.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said that President Donald Trump says there will be war with North Korea over missiles, especially if North Korea continues to threaten to aim ICBMs at the U.S.
While North Korea continues to test missiles and expand its missile program, officials say the United States is ready to respond with greater force.