The North Korean military is considering launching a quartet of missiles at U.S. military installments in Guam — and will present the plan to leader Kim Jong Un by mid-August, according to reports Wednesday.
A military official for the communist nation dismissed President Trump’s threats of “fire and fury,” and said the country is “about to take” military action near the U.S. Pacific territory.
General Kim Rak Gyom, who heads North Korea’s rocket command, declared Trump “bereft of reason” and warned ominously, “Only absolute force can work on him.”
He added that Pyongyang would finalize its plans to fly four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets directly over Japanese airspace and into the waters surrounding Guam by mid-August.
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He called it a “historic enveloping fire at Guam.”
The statements only served to escalate tensions even further after reports that North Korea managed to develop a miniaturized nuclear warhead emerged on Tuesday.
The development prompted Trump to issue a furious warning that any threats against the U.S. would be met with “fire and fury.”
Trump on Wednesday touted America’s nuclear superiority.
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He said his first order as President was to “renovate and modernize” an arsenal that is “now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”
General Kim called Trump’s rhetoric a “load of nonsense.”
“Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” state media quoted him saying.
Kim said the Guam action would be “an effective remedy for restraining the frantic moves of the U.S. in the southern part of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity.”
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