With North Korea’s state media revealing details of the strike capability, it would appear that the China-backed regime is baiting the Donald Trump.
North Korea’s state media has disclosed that it will be in a position to launch four intermediate range missiles at Guam by mid-August.
The country’s Supreme leader, Kim Jong Un will take a final call as to the deployment of this capability.
This unusually detailed report of the attack plan marks a further escalation in tensions between China-backed Pyongyang and Washington.
Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump had issued stark warnings to North Korea saying any of its misadventure in U.S. territories would face “fire and fury”.
KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency described Trump’s threat as a “load of nonsense”.
“Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” said KCNA of Trump while adding it would be keeping a close watch of his speech and behaviour.
As per the KCNA report, the North Korean army is developing a plan “in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the United States”.
Guam is home to about 163,000 people and includes a U.S. military base that houses a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.
“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,” reads the KCNA report, citing General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force of the KPA.
“They will fly 3,356.7 km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam.”
Last year, North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests. This July, the rogue country further carried out two intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
Trump has stated he will not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.
Jim Mattis the U.S. Defense Secretary has issued a stark warning to the China-backed North Korean leadership on Wednesday, saying Pyongyang should stop all actions that would lead to the “end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”