After the United Nations Security Council passed some of the strongest sanctions ever against North Korea over the weekend, Kim Jong-un stepped up his aggressive threats against the United States. Even though other nations, including Russia and China voted to approve the sanctions, the only nation Kim threatens is the United States.
Kim’s latest threat targeted Guam, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean. It lies just south of the Northern Marianas Islands and about 2,000 miles southeast of North Korea. The island is home to about 160,000 people and 2 US military bases housing over 7,000 military personnel.
Andersen Air Force Base is located on Guam. The base is home to US bombers with the capability of flying over North Korea. South Korea and Japan are responding to the growing threat in reshaping their military and weaponry.
North Korea has threatened to “neutralize” the island of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific home to 160,000 people, a naval and an air base.
A spokesperson for the North Korean military’s strategic missile defense branch was quoted in the state-controlled news agency KCNA Tuesday, saying the army was considering a plan to hit Guam with the ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12, which was tested in May and believed to be able to reach the U.S. territory, which lies around 2,100 miles away from Pyongyang.
The army official said the target would be the U.S. military bases, particularly the Andersen Air Force Base from where the U.S. bombers depart when flying over the Korean peninsula, and, once ready, “would be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment” North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un decided…
Many believe that President Trump’s strong verbal response to North Korea’s escalating threats are only helping to make the situation worse. China has asked both nations to calm down and watch their words. However, Trump’s warning was similar to the one issued years ago by President Harry Truman against Japan. If you recall, Truman approved the atomic bombings of Japan.