President Donald Trump has issued a number of warnings to the rogue state over its threats to the U.S. and on Friday said leader Kim Jong Un will "truly regret an attack on Guam".
A drumbeat of threats by North Korea over the years has fostered a sense of resilience among the island's 162,000 inhabitants, whose lives are deeply intertwined with the U.S. military, which has 6,000 troops based there. "He has been very threatening beyond a normal statement". Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.
Trump's statement came after Ri told a regional security forum in Manila Monday that Pyongyang was prepared to use its nuclear force against Washington in retribution for sanctions passed by the UN Security Council, which was led by the United States. Kim has radically accelerated the pace of the North's missile development, and many experts believe it could have an intercontinental ballistic missile able to hit major American cities within a year or two.
This picture taken on August 9, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 10, 2017 shows a rally in support of North Korea's stance against the United States, on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang.
Watch Room staff monitor news and updates and coordinate with agencies on local in an event of emergency Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 as Guam Homeland Security opens its 24-hour Watch Room operation in response to the threats from North Korea, in Hagatna, Guam. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Threatening to fire a volley of missiles toward a major USA military hub _ and the home to 160,000 American civilians _ may seem like a pretty bad move for a country that is seriously outgunned and has an terrible lot to lose.
The North didn't give a specific timeline but said the operational plan was about to be thoroughly examined, after which it will be reported to the Supreme Command. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" We live on a small island.
The situation, said the North, required its army to keep an eye on Guam and take "practical actions of significance to neutralize it". Trump said he thought US allies South Korea and Japan were "very happy" with how he was handling the confrontation.
North Korea is actually capable of hitting Guam with its Hwasong-12.
Residents of Guam have been issued with advice on what to do if North Korea launches an attack.
The threat came after Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to stop making threats against the USA and allies.
Military officials say they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S.
It was not the first time Guam has been put on notice and similar threats made since 2013 led to the US military permanently deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor system on the tiny island. In another assessment, the officials reportedly said that the United States calculated last month that Pyongyang possessed up to 60 nuclear weapons.