Tensions between North Korea and United States are continuing to grow. The regime in Pyongyang now claims that it will be ready by mid-August to fire missiles near the U.S. island of Guam in the Pacific.
North Korean state media reported the strike plan will be ready by mid-August, little more than a week from today. According to Pyongyang, four Hwasong-12 rockets would pass over Japan and land in the sea some 30km from Guam.
Pyongyang threatened to strike Guam after U.S. President Donald Trump said the North Korean leader to expect ‘fire and fury’ if he continues with his actions.
“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA [Korean People’s Army] will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” said the state media KCNA, citing General Kim Rak Gyom.
“They will fly 3,356.7km for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30-40km away from Guam”, the statement added.
“Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” the media said, calling Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ remarks a load of nonsense”.
In the meantime, China has urged both sides to show restrain and added that the situation is “complex and sensitive”.
Earlier, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Pyongyang to stop pursuing the development of its nuclear program. He also warned North Korea from starting a war.
“While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth,” Mattis said in a statement on Wednesday. “The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”
Despite the sharp increase in tensions, an all-out war between North Korea against the U.S. and its allies in the region remains unlikely.
Making an advance notice of your intention to attack certain targets is not the best way for starting a war.