North Korea retaliates at Trump’s “fire and fury” promise with a planned missile launch

By Kalendra Withana,

In response to Donald Trump’s warning that North Korea will only be met with “fire and fury” if it continues to pose international threats, the country have devised a missile launch headed for the US territory island of Guam.

 

The North characterises Trump’s warning to the nation to be “load of nonsense” and further responded to the US by vowing that the launch will be ready to operate within the next few days.

It is planned that four missiles will be dispatched, passing over Japan and finally landing in the sea about 17 miles away from Guam. It is reported that this regime is still waiting to be approved by supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.

In terms of the weapons of destruction that are going to be used, four Hwasong-12 rockets are set to operate in the launch, hoped to fly 3,356.7km for 1,065 seconds. The missiles themselves are medium and long-range weapons, exclusively manufactured in North Korea.

Consequently, this plan put in motion by the North is facing an enormous amount of opposition. In particular, US state officials seem to have confidence that these missiles will not be launched and that North Korea is simply just teasing America.

Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, wants to reassure Americans that they can “sleep well at night” and stays faithful to the fact that North Korea can do no harm.

This ties in with US Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis’ comment that North Korea would be “grossly overmatched” in any conflicting war against the US and its neighbouring allies.

The Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, also told Reuters news that the intentions of North Korea are very unpredictable. This is due to the fact that the country has launched ‘surprise’ missiles in the past.

Calvo furthermore believes that the North are simply just scared, making the statement that: "They're now telegraphing their punch, which means they don't want to have any misunderstandings.”

North Korea’s plan has also received contention from its bordering countries, China and Japan.

China itself describes the situation as being “complex and sensitive” and vows peace.

Japan’s chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Sug, said: “North Korea’s actions are obviously provocative to the region as well as to the security of the international community”. He further adds that Japan as a nation could “never tolerate” such plans.

All in all however, it seems that the North are feeling severely threatened right now and thus there is no guarantee that the Guam missile launch will not take place.

The US Pacific Island is home to about 163,000 people, as well as being a territory base camp for the American military.

Sources – BBC News, The Guardian

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