Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea 'examining' plan to strike Guam

North Korea 'examining' plan to strike Guam

The North Korea comments were published after US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the US, it would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen".

"I'm a little anxious, a little panicked".

"We are still benefiting from the annualisation of the Brexit effect on the currency, but it will be interesting to see how the second half will go when results are more based on actual top-line growth", Laura Foll, UK fund manager at Janus Henderson, told Reuters.

"What this tells me is that our policy of isolating North Korea has not worked. I feel like moving (out of Guam) now".

U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of "fire and fury" against North Korea couldn't come at a worse time for China.

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.

The Washington Post story, citing unnamed US intelligence officials, said the confidential analysis was completed last month by the US Defence Intelligence Agency.

In response, Trump on Tuesday threatened the communist country "with fire and fury".

North Korea ramped up the rhetoric in a new statement issued Wednesday, sourced to a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA), which said a "preemptive strike is no longer the monopoly of the United States".

But Tillerson says the current USA strategy is working.

New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump had undermined U.S. credibility "by drawing an absurd red line". "Everyone's afraid, because we're dealing with powers that's beyond us". The U.S. military has never attempted to shoot a North Korean missile out of the sky, deeming all previous tests to pose no threat to the United States.

Todd Thompson, a lawyer who lives on Guam, said he laughed off past threats because he "figured cooler heads in Washington would prevail, and it was just an idle threat". "My concern is that things have changed in Washington, and who knows what's going to happen?"

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"Some people are who are confident we are safe with the U.S. bases here and others who are not so sure", he said. "You have to do that first", he said.

Guam is about 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) southeast of Pyongyang and 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean.

The remarks mark a quick rise in rhetoric from the United States.

The U.S. keeps a Naval base and Coast Guard station in the south, and an Air Force base in the north that saw heavy use during the Vietnam War.

Asian markets have generally proved resilient to the heightened tensions between the USA and North Korea in recent months.

Without proper protection during a re-entry stage, a missile's warhead could burn up.

"I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the USA has unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part".

North Korea sounded determined to test the president's threat by day's end with its threat over Guam.

However, he added that an attack on Guam "won't just be against the United States military, it will be against the people".

Schuster also said he doesn't expect any North Korean attack on Guam or any place else, saying Kim Jong Un's threats are mostly bluster.

Abraham Denmark, a former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for East Asia, said the mixed messages coming from the Trump administration were problematic because they could create confusion for both allies and adversaries.

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