North Korea is seriously considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam, state media said Wednesday, hours after President Trump responded to reports of nuclear threats by saying the regime "will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before." A ballistic missile operation unit for the regime will review a plan to fire a mid-range ballistic missile at Guam, a U.S. island territory, on September 9, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. In a statement released by state-run media, the Korean People's Army claimed it was looking into striking Guam to subdue the U.S. military bases there, particularly the Anderson Air Force base where nuclear-capable bombers are stationed. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army, April 26, 2017. A different statement released said that North Korea "could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation," Reuters reported.
President Trump said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" after North Korea launched a missile over Japan, an act that instantly renewed tensions in the region just days after the regime appeared to be backing down from threats against the U.S. and its allies. "The world has received North Korea's latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior," Trump said, in a written statement released by the White House. "Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table," the statement continued. In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over U.S. ally Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean.
Here are all the latest developments since the latest "toughest" UN sanctions imposed on North Korea on August 4: US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pledged to continue to apply strong diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, the White House said in a statement. The two leaders spoke by phone on Friday and also agreed on revising a bilateral missile treaty. The UN Security Council unanimously condemned North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an "outrageous" threat and demanded that the country not launch any more missiles and abandon all nuclear weapons and programmes. In a statement, the Security Council said it was of "vital importance" that North Korea take immediate, concrete actions to reduce tensions and called on all states to implement UN sanctions on North Korea. North Korea has fired a ballistic missile that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean, in a step termed by the Japanese prime minister as a "grave threat".
If Kim Jong Un won't listen to President Trump, the Mad Dog could make him heel. Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis echoed his boss's fiery warning Wednesday to the dictator of North Korea with harsh rhetoric of his own. And this time, the words came from a battle-tested, four-star U.S. Marine Corps general. "The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people." "The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."
A North Korean state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, defended the nation's nuclear weapons program Wednesday, adding that it was justified because it helped enhancing the country's safety. "There was no other choice at the sharp phase of confrontation where (North Korea) had to defend its own institution and fate on its own in the face of the United States, the world's biggest nuclear power," Rodong Sinmun said in a column, Yonhap News reported. "We came into possession of nuclear weapons in a righteous manner with a goal of defending the country's top interest against U.S. nuclear threats." The newspaper also sung high praises of North Korea developing Intercontinental ballistic missiles and hydrogen bomb, calling it "a brilliant victory" and a perfect answer to the continual attacks by the United States against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime. It also further emphasized why North Korea's nuclear weapons program was "justifiable" and not to be disputed by the West or any other international powers.