Guam governor says North Korea's talk of revenge is no threat

Marco Green
August 9, 2017

"We will make the USA pay by a thousand-fold for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people of this country", the statement said.

North Korea's military is "examining the operational plan" to strike areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news agency KCNA said early Wednesday local time.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump threatened North Korea to send a strong message "in language that Kim Jong Un can understand".

The findings would put North Korea's nuclear program years ahead of projections, according to some analysts, and bring it closer to its long-sought goal of becoming a nuclear power that can strike the U.S.

Washington has warned it is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes but that it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.

President Donald Trump says 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".

It comes as President Donald Trump says North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it makes any more threats to the U.S.

Wang pointed out that the sanctions resolution also calls for restarting six-party talks, a stalled dialogue process with North Korea that includes the United States, South Korea, China, Russia, and Japan.

Pyongyang says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defence against perceived USA hostility.

US stocks closed slightly lower after Trump's comment and S&P stock futures slipped further in Asian trade, while a widely followed measure of stock market anxiety ended at its highest in almost a month.

Asian stocks fell, with South Korea's benchmark index .KS11 and Japan's Nikkei .N225 both closing down more than 1 percent, while gold and the safe-haven yen strengthened. The arming of a patrol boat could indicate preparations for another missile test by North Korea.

While almost all historians say the north invaded the south, North Korea tells it citizens that the Americans actually started the Korean War, which started in 1950 and lasted three years.

-April 2012: North Korea holds a massive rally denouncing conservative South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as a "rat".

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name, was estimated to have between 13 and 30 nuclear weapons at the end of 2016, according to the Institute for Science and International Security. Wednesday marked the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki by the United States. The North followed the May launch with two flight tests of its Hwasong-14 ICBM last month.

"There's a lot that we don't know", about the North Korean nuclear weapons program, including whether Pyongyang has developed "the guidance and control system, guidance and stability control, to move a rocket that distance without it breaking up", U.S. Air Force General Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute on August 3.

A Japanese defense paper and a US media report Tuesday said North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

Speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum on Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho blamed the USA for the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and said Pyongyang's "possession of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles is a legitimate option for self-defense in the face of a clear and real nuclear threat posed by the United States", according to a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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