North Korea has threatened to launch missile strikes on the US territory of Guam after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang Tuesday not to make any more threats against the United States or they will "face fire and fury like the world has never seen".
Pyongyang’s military is "examining the operational plan" to strike areas around the US territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news agency KCNA said early Wednesday local time.
Specifically, the statement mentioned a potential strike with Hwasong-12s, intermediate-range missiles first tested in May, on Andersen Air Force Base designed "to send a serious warning signal to the US".
Pyongyang's initial threat to Guam came after the US flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula on Tuesday local time.
However, Guam's homeland security adviser, George Charfauros, sought to reassure the island's residents, saying its defenses were ready.
The US maintains a missile interceptor in Guam specifically designed to protect from medium-range missiles. The missile-defense system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, has performed well in test conditions but has never intercepted a shot fired in hostility.
"We always maintain a high state of readiness and have the capabilities to counter any threat, to include those from North Korea," Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, told Business Insider.