State media: North Korea considering strike on Guam


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday advised the public to keep watch for the possible effect of North Korea's plan to launch ballistic missiles at the United States' (US) Pacific territory of Guam.

The Guam government is also issuing warnings on how to speak to children about the fear of nuclear war and what to do if you're indoors when an attack occurs.

The threat came after Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to stop making threats against the USA and allies.

North Korea said it was finalising a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets towards Guam, where U.S. strategic bombers are based, along with more than 160,000 United States citizens. Guam has a population of about 163,000 people.

Guam is home to about 163,000 people and a United States military base that includes a submarine squadron, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

Governor Eddie Calvo describes his island to those who don't know it as a "mini Hawaii" and puts the chances of a direct missile hit at a million-to-one because of the multi layers of Pacific defences, the last being those on Guam itself. They say those plans will be ready within days and presented to leader Kim Jong Un to await his order.

The report cited a telephone conversation between US national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Chung Eui-Yong, the head of South Korea's Presidential National Security Office, South Korean presidential office spokesman Park Soo-Hyun told a press briefing.

President Donald Trump says North Korea's leader will "regret it fast" if he threatens or acts against Guam, or any other USA territory or ally.

As North Korea promised to engulf the US territory of Guam in "enveloping fire", President Trump tweeted that the USA military is "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

"Guam is more than a military base".

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Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.

The negative headlines provided many investors with an opportunity to pocket some of their recent gains following a string of record highs fueled by strong corporate earnings.

The newspaper said USA intelligence officials have assessed that a decade after North Korea's first nuclear test explosion, Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, including by intercontinental missiles - the type capable of reaching the continental US.

"On the North Korean side", he says, "there are differences of specificity". "I do not believe there is any imminent threat in my own view", Tillerson said.

North Korea describes the Pukguksong-2 as a "medium-to-long range strategic missile", the same term it uses for the intermediate range Hwasong-12, and some South Korean experts see the missile as potentially capable of reaching Guam.

While there has been some resistance and displeasure from the people of Guam over the USA military's presence, it is also essential to the island's economy, second only to tourism in importance.

Experts also note that an attack against the US territory would nearly certainly provoke a massive backlash that would likely lead to the long-ruling regime's destruction.

A land-based variant of a submarine-launched missile now under development, North Korea first successfully flight-tested this solid-fuel midrange missile in February.

The way to avert a war with North Korea is to have a conversation, and that's not happening, Hecker said.