Despite bold statements by the Trump administration about the consequences of aggression, the North Korean regime is continuing its rhetoric about attacking the US territory of Guam.
Business Insider reports that according to the regime, it is “seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the US.” The United States Navy and Air Force maintain significant bases in Guam.
You can see an English translation of the full statement in the following tweet:
From Business Insider:
The statement said it would fire four missiles that would fly over Japan before crashing down in the waters 18 to 25 miles from Guam, a more specific threat than what the Hermit kingdom had said Tuesday.
The statement said it would complete plans for the launch by mid-August, at which point they would be submitted to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
An attack like North Korea described in the statement would be incredibly risky, as the Hwasong-12 missile has only been tested once and has unpredictable performance and unreliable accuracy.
The US fields the world’s most advanced missile-defense system in Guam, but a large salvo of missiles could possibly overwhelm its defenses.
It remains to be seen whether Kim Jong Un really intends to follow up this belligerent talk with action, but in the context of North Korea’s moves over the past few months, once can’t shake the sense that tensions between the regime and the free world are going to come to a head sooner rather than later — one way or another.