North Korea once again threatens missile strike on Guam

North Korea once again threatens missile strike on Guam

Kerry Wise
October 16, 2017

North Korea has labelled US President Donald Trump a "war merchant and strangler of peace".

Despite arms trade being a common global practice, the U.S. is "abusing it for world domination beyond the commercial purposes". In July, North Korea made two test launches of ballistic missiles.

North Korea threatened Australia of dire consequences if it continues to back USA military, economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang, its state-run media said Saturday.

Jung Pak, former portfolio manager at the CIA's East Asia and Pacific Mission Center, said the president has given the impression of a rift in the alliance by threatening to end the countries' free trade agreement and accusing South Korea of appeasing the North.

The Rodong Sinmun commentary was published ahead of joint US-South Korea naval drills, which kick off in the Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea on Monday.

Lately, there have been frenzied military hardware movements by the United States around the Korean peninsula, which resulted in a riled-up and defiant Pyongyang conducting a series of missile launches, including its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month after worldwide sanctions were imposed on it.

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"In various locations in the North, TELs (transporter erector launchers) have repeatedly appeared and disappeared".

"The US military action hardens our determination that the US should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to the "trigger" for taking the toughest countermeasure", Kim added.

"We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense, including a salvo of missiles into waters near the United States territory of Guam", Kim Kwang Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, is quoted as saying in the KCNA report. "Based on this, we have judged that the North could launch a provocation at any time", the source said.

Tensions in the region have constantly escalated in recent months with the North relentlessly expanding its nuclear and missile programmes.

The threat came a day after senior Australian officials expressed strong support for Washington during a trip to South Korea.

"If they do that then the rest of the worldwide community will look to work with them", Mr Tehan said.