A state media report from North Korea detailed that a military plan is being prepared for its leader, Kim Jong Un, outlining a test firing of four missiles near Guam.
Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a USA military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group. "Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him".
"It now appears that a significant portion of the continental United States is within range" of North Korean missiles, Bruce Klingner, a former Korea analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency told AP. They are not going suicidal.
"There could be a power outage in North Korea that they mistake as a part of a pre-emptive attack". "The U.S. came here because I think they wanted the land and they helped us out with the Japanese, because I think they wanted the land".
A report by the North's state media marked a second day of explicit threats against the USA, in an apparent reaction to President Donald Trump's warning Tuesday that any North Korean attack would be met with "fire and fury". In 1950, an act of Congress made it an unincorporated organized territory of the United States.
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The fleet had been grounded in June after a crack was discovered in the rotor blade of one helicopter. As the AH-64A "Peten" approached Ramon air base, its pilot reported a technical problem.
Still, South Korea - the USA ally with the most to lose from a confrontation with the North - does not appear to be too concerned. Seoul is 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) to the northwest, Tokyo is 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) north and Taipei is 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) west.
Trump's unexpected remarks prompted North Korea to respond by saying it was considering plans for a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The unprecedented war of words comes after United States intelligence revealed that North Korea has now developed nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The Pentagon's statement never mentioned North Korea or Kim (or Trump, for that matter) by name, but the tiny tyrannical fiefdom's specter hung over the exercise. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.
"The US can't usually gain the upper hand in this war of words, as Pyongyang chooses whatever wording it likes, and what Washington says may not be heard by North Korean society", the paper said in an editorial late Wednesday.
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