North Korea’s military commander has said a missile will be fired at Guam by mid August after Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” comment shows “sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him”.
The statement released by North Korean state media on Thursday morning came hours after US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warned North Korea not to invite the destruction of its people.
General Mattis said the “combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed, and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth”, and North Korea’s capabilities were “grossly overmatched by ours”.
China’s People’s Daily was among the world media reporting on the latest North Korean threat, highlighting the statement had said that implementation of the Guam attack would depend on a later decision by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army, said North Korea was examining a plan to fire four Hwasong-12 ballistic rockets as a warning to the US.
He gave details of where the rockets would cross the sky above Japan, and warned they would hit the water 30 to 40 kilometres from Guam.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a day earlier visited Guam, and assured the American people that they were safe, in an apparent attempt to cool tensions after Mr Trump’s comments at a golf resort.
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