In a move of solidarity with the United States and its protected territories, the Japanese defense minister vowed to shoot down any North Korean missiles before they reach Guam. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera’s show of support comes just days after reports that North Korea has already developed nuclear weapons small enough to fit on a missile, followed by an exchange of threats by both President Trump and Kim Jong-Un.
After The Washington Post, who cited sources in the intelligence community, revealed the status of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, President Trump advised against further aggression or provocation and stated that they “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Hours later, North Korea state media said it was “carefully examining” plans for a missile strike against Guam, a non-incorporated U.S. Territory between the Philippines and Hawaii. In a later statement, Pyongyang specified their plans, which would be ready for the Supreme Leader’s review in mid-August.
“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” the report said, citing General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force of the KPA.
“They will fly 3,356.7 km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam.”
Governor Eddie Calvo of Guam suggested that while North Korea has launched missiles in the past, the recent statement is a change from the norm. “They’re now telegraphing their punch, which means they don’t want to have any misunderstandings,” Governor Calvo told Reuters. “I think that’s a position of fear.”
That fear is well placed. Secretary of Defense General James “The Boogie-Man Checks Under His Bed For ME” Mattis changed his usually diplomatic tone regarding North Korea and delivered an ultimatum Wednesday. He stated that Pyongyang should “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.” The White House’s resident badass continued his warning:
While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that he combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth. The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.
With such a strong warning, it’s no surprise that North Korea would ensure the world knew that the waters around Guam, and not Guam itself, were the targets of their launch. As Liberty Nation has discussed in previous articles and on LN Radio, Kim Jong-Un is well aware that any open conflict would result in the complete destruction of his regime. That, of course, makes the situation even more dangerous as North Korea would initiate full and total war – including the use of their nuclear weaponry – in the event of a shooting war with the United States or its allies.
This is the primary reason that former administrations have tried to avoid conflict with North Korea at (nearly) all costs. The death toll in such a war would be catastrophic. So what is the Trump Administration’s plan? Tell us what you think in our comments section.