President Donald Trump has made it clear: if Kim Jong Un makes good on his promise to strike the U.S. territory of Guam in the Western Pacific, then the North Korean dictator is going to regret it.
“He has been uttering for years, and his family has been uttering for years,” that they will attack, Trump said during a press conference Friday.
“If he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast,” Trump said.
President Trump on Kim Jong Un: "If he does anything with respect to Guam… he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast." pic.twitter.com/9TYqY1KF8L
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 11, 2017
North Korea this week threatened to attack Guam in the Western Pacific, and then said it will continue to plan a strike on the U.S. territory despite warnings from both President Trump and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
The plan to launch four intermediate-range missiles at Guam could be ready within a few days, and would be completed by mid-August, according to North Korea’s state-run media, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” North Korean General Kim Rak Gyom said in a statement, referring to President Trump, according to The Guardian; Gyom added that the missiles would “envelope” the island of Guam.
“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA [Korean People’s Army] will cross the sky above Shimani, Hiroshima and Koichi prefectures of Japan,” the statement said. “They will fly for 3,356.7 km for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 [kilometers] away from Guam.”
North Korea’s plans would be ready for Kim Jong Un by mid-August, the statement said.
This comes on the heels of Trump saying North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if it continues to threaten the United States. And, Mattis said North Korea should “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.”