Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Pyongyang renews threat against Guam

Pyongyang renews threat against Guam

The two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

North Korea has stated that its leader, Kim Jong Un's hand is "closer to the trigger" to unleash a "salvo of missile" against the USA territory of Guam.

The submarine MI arrived in Busan, South Korea, on Friday, and warplanes will also join the exercise, The New York Times reported.

The nuclear-powered submarine MI arrived at the South Korean port of Busan on Friday.

Pyongyang rattled its "sword of justice" Friday by vowing to attack the USA territory of Guam with a "salvo of missiles", one day after stating that it will complete its nuclear weapons program no matter how much worldwide pressure the nation faces.

"These are regular joint exercises to counteract any North Korean threat and improve the cooperation of our armed forces", South Korean Vice Admiral Jung Jin-seop, the country's naval operations commander, said in a statement released by the local Yonhap agency.

The researcher, Kim Kwang Hak, did not elaborate but recalled North Korea's August warning that it could launch missiles near Guam, home to the US air base from which the B-1B long-range bombers took off on Tuesday.

"We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense, including a salvo of missiles into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam", says Kim Kwang-Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies at the North Korea Foreign Ministry. The North Korean government views them as a dress rehearsal for an invasion - even as the United States insists they are purely defensive in nature.

It is unlikely to have any effect on next week's planned major joint-navy drill between Sourth Korea and the U.S. "Japan had better consider the DPRK's warning carefully".

The drill, which involves the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, is scheduled to begin Monday in waters east and west of South Korea.

But after the most recent flight, which was relatively routine, North Korean media said the "US should be tamed with fire", and that tensions now bring its "hand closer to the "trigger" on carrying out the launch, according to CNN's Will Ripley.

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