On Tuesday, tensions dramatically increased between North Korea and the United States as threats were exchanged regarding nuclear warfare. The escalation occurred after U.S. intelligence analysts said that North Korea has produced a miniature nuclear warhead.
The threats of nuclear war and of making “the U.S. pay dearly for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people," made President Trump outraged. He responded to the situation by saying that the U.S. would be unrelenting and that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury.”
After President Trump’s statement, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that he will not back down. A new statement from North Korea’s state media has made it apparent that they were upset about the lack of “sound dialogue.”
The article criticized President Trump for his “load of nonsense about ‘fire and fury.’” It then accused the president of being unable to understand the seriousness of the ongoing situation.
It said, “This is extremely getting on the nerves of the infuriated Hwasong artillerymen of the [Korean People’s Army].”
As far as President Trump's reaction, the article said that “sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him.” It ended by saying that they would “keep closely watching the speech and behavior from the U.S.”
Not only did North Korea respond with even more threatening rhetoric, they are legitimizing plans to fire four missiles on the U.S. territory off of the seas of Guam. The plan includes four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
The target area is reportedly 18-25 miles off of the coast. This would place the missiles just outside of Guam’s 12 nautical mile territorial waters, within the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone.
The KCNA report that detailed the plans of the missiles said that they would be launched as a “crucial warning to the US.” The final plan will be presented to Kim Jong Un by mid-August and will be released upon his order.
On Wednesday, Guam’s governor Eddie Baza Calvo reassured the island’s residents that there is no threat to the actual island. He said that an attack on Guam would be an attack “against the people,” as there are 200,000 Americans in Guam and the Marianas.
He said, “Some people believe [Trump and Kim] are clashing personalities and they speak recklessly. But here are some people who believe…that we are completely safe regardless of what happens.”
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