Kim Jong Un: The last missile is “a prelude to an attack on Guam”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned Wednesday that the launch of the missile on Japan is “a prelude to an attack on the island of Guam,” according to the North Korean agency KCNA.
“The launching of projectiles as if a real war was the first step in a military operation of the North Korean People’s Army in the Pacific,” said the leader, who has said this represents a “significant prelude to an attack against Guam”.
Kim also explained the mid-range ballistic missile was launched as part of a series of exercises carried out in response to joint South Korea-US military maneuvers in the region.
The launch took place after Pyongyang authorities warned of the possible firing of four Hwansong-12 missiles on the Pacific island of Guam.
The announcement of an attack on US soil came after US President Donald Trump said he would respond with “fire and fury” to any threat by Pyongyang against Washington.
US official sources have indicated that the missile could be a ‘KN-17’ or ‘Hwansong-12’, as the initial information reflects. Intermediate-range ballistic missiles range between 1,500 and 3,000 miles.