First, the United Nations approved sanctions against North Korea at the weekend, including a ban on exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. Then on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that US intelligence officials had assessed that the communist country had successfully produced a mini nuclear warhead that could fit inside its missiles.
The Japanese government also published a paper saying North Korea may have been successful in this endeavour.
This led to US president Donald Trump announcing to journalists that North Korea “had best not make any more threats to the United States” or “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
Pyongyang says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defence against perceived US hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea. Yesterday, North Korea said it is considering plans for a missile strike on Guam, an island in the Pacific Ocean, about 3,400 km southeast of Hong Kong. It is a US territory.
The Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army is “carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12,” a spokesman for the force said in statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
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The plan will be “reported to the Supreme Command soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment” once North Korean leader Kim Jong-un makes a decision, according to the statement, which was released Tuesday.
It warned that Washington “should immediately stop its reckless military provocation against” North Korea so that it “would not be forced to make an unavoidable military choice”.