In the latest escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea, North Korea is said to now be making plans to attack the U.S. territory of Guam.
As CNBC reports:
A spokesman for the Korean People’s Army, in a statement carried by the North’s state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be “put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment” once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.
In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.
This statement is considered to be a response to President Trump’s comment just hours ago that “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Unlike some past threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, this threat is one the U.S. must take seriously immediately.
As aerospace engineer John Schilling wrote after a North Korean missile test in May of this year:
North Korea’s latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Korean missile. The missile would have flown a distance of some 4,5oo kilometers if launched on a maximum trajectory. It appears to have not only demonstrated an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that might enable them to reliably strike the US base at Guam…”
Not only can North Korea hit Guam with one of their missiles, it can now fit that missile with a nuclear warhead, according to a report from the Washington Post.
However, the CNBC piece continues by saying:
The bottom line is that it’s almost impossible, given the amount and reliability of available intelligence, to reach a high-confidence assessment of the North’s nuclear capabilities, a U.S. intelligence official said.
Although many hope that the current U.S.-North Korean tensions can be de-escalated, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently commented that North Korea would have to “stop these missile launches” in order for the U.S. to create a dialogue with the rogue regime, something Un has shown no willingness to do.