North Korea is mulling a possible missile strike on Guam, where strategic US bombers and countless soldiers are based.
The Hermit Kingdom’s official news agency announced early Wednesday local time that the nation was “carefully examining” plans for a medium-to-long range rocket attack.
Their statement came just hours after President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on the North “like the world has never seen.”
His warning was in response to reports that Pyongyang had developed a nuclear warhead capable of fitting inside its ballistic missiles.
Guam — which is known as the “Tip of the Spear — is home to thousands of American service members and their families.
North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA, said Tuesday that the government was looking at an “operational plan” that would send numerous medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles towards the US-owned Pacific island to counteract the bombers that are positioned there and “send a serious warning signal to the US.”
Specifically, the country claimed that they would be firing Hwasong-12 rockets at “Andersen Air Force Base” — where US strategic bombers are currently waiting.
These bombers “get on the nerves of the DPRK and threaten and blackmail it through their frequent visits to the sky above south Korea,” according to the KCNA.
The agency said the proposed strike plan could be carried out at “any moment” — should leader leader Kim Jong Un choose to follow through with it.
Last month, US officials estimated that there were at least 60 nuclear weapons now in the hands of the North Koreans and ready for launch. But some experts believe that number could be smaller.
It was not immediately clear on Tuesday whether the North’s plan to bomb Guam was in response to Trump’s earlier statements, but the KCNA did say the assault would be the result of recent US military maneuvers in the region.
On Monday, the US flew a pair of B1B bombers over the Korean peninsula out of Andersen AFB as part of its “continuous bomber presence,” the Pacific Air Forces reported.
Days earlier, the US tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental missile in California.
With Post wires