N.Korea threatens to launch missiles towards US' Guam

According to KCNA Kim Jong-un decided to postpone the Guam operation to “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees”

The president appeared to draw another red line that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for its leader, Kim Jong Un.

North Korea accuses Washington of devising a "preventive war" and has said any plans to execute this would be met with an "all-out war, wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the US mainland".

Lee Choon-geun, senior research fellow at South Korea's state-run Science and Technology Policy Institute, said there was a risk that any missile could land much closer to Guam than planned.

Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major USA military hub in the Pacific, would be deeply provocative from the US perspective.

A unilateral USA attack on North Korea should be out of the question, given the literally incalculable casualties that would result.

If North Korea were to actually carry it out - even if it aimed at hitting the waters off Guam and not the island itself - that would clearly pose a potential threat to US territory and put the United States in a much more complicated situation than it has been during previous missile launches.

The move highlights just how seriously American allies in the region are taking the war of words between President Donald Trump and the North Korean regime, and the real possibility that Pyongyang might actually let the missiles fly.

The announcement Thursday warned that the North is finalizing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 US military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

Ellison says the THAAD systems or Terminal High Altitude Defense missiles, are limited to about 44 on the island.

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The U.S. Seventh Fleet now has six Aegis ballistic missile defense ships in the region capable of targeting North Korean missiles, and Japan has a further four.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, continued a visit to China following talks the day before with his Chinese counterpart that touched on North Korea.

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests a year ago and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

Ellison and even Pentagon sources tell CBN News, the rush is on by North Korea to create more ballistic missiles, using technology from China and Russian Federation.

"The Strategic Force of the KPA (Korean People's Army) is seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 IRBMs in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.", the official KCNA news agency quoted General Kim Rak-Gyom, a KPA top commander as saying. Trump has said he will not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

North Korea's threats against Guam and its advancing missile capabilities, highlighted by a pair of intercontinental ballistic missile flight tests in July, have raised concern in South Korea, where some believe a fully functional ICBM in Pyongyang would undermine the alliance between Washington and Seoul.

Shortly after Trump spoke, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters the United States still preferred a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat and that a war would be "catastrophic". Several Japanese warships also have the Aegis system.

Asked if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically: "I think you know the answer to that". Only 2,200 miles southeast of North Korea, it also houses American bombers, submarines, and other ships in the Pacific Ocean.

Experts said the detail provided by North Korea made it likely it would follow through with its plans to avoid being seen as weak or lacking in resolve.

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