North Korea Responds To Trump Threat, Says It Is “Seriously Considering” Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Guam

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Challenge accepted.

If Trump thought that his bluff would be sufficient to finally shut up North Korea, and put an end to Kim’s provocative behavior, well… bluff called because North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported moments ago that not only did N.Korea escalate the tensions up another notch, but explicitly warned that it could carry out a “pre-emptive operation once the US shows signs of provocation”, and that it is “seriously considering a strategy to strike Guam with mid-to-long range missiles.”

North Korea Responds To Trump Threat, Says It Is "Seriously Considering" Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Guam

(Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Story highlights from Reuters:

  • N. KOREA WARNS OF OPERATION ON SIGNS OF U.S. PROVOCATION: KCNA
  • N. KOREA SAYS U.S. WAR HYSTERIA TO BRING MISERABLE END: KCNA
  • N. KOREA CAN STRIKE BEFORE ANY U.S. PRE-EMPTIVE ATTACK: KCNA
  • N.KOREA SAYS IT COULD CARRY OUT PRE-EMPTIVE OPERATION ONCE U.S. SHOWS SIGNS OF PROVOCATION -KCNA CITING MILITARY SPOKESMAN
  • N.KOREA SAYS IT IS SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING STRATEGY TO STRIKE GUAM WITH MID-TO-LONG RANGE MISSILES -KCNA
  • N.KOREA SAYS STRIKE ON GUAM WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN A CONSECUTIVE, SUCCESSIVE WAY ONCE LEADER KIM JONG UN GIVES ORDER

And the full report:

U.S Should be Prudent under Present Acute Situation: Spokesman For KPA Strategic Force

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) released the following statement on August 8:

Recently, the U.S. test-fired ICBM Minuteman-3 at its Vandenberg Air Force Base in Califrnia State targeting the DPRK, the fourth one this year, openly staged an actual nuclear strike drill targeting the strategic objects of the DPRK by mobilizing its nuclear strategic bombers formation stationed at its Anderson Air Force Base on Guam in the Pacific. It is driving the regional situation to an extreme pitch by bringing various kinds of nuclear strategic hardware before the very eyes of the DPRK. The Strategic Force of the KPA has taken special note of such maneuvers.

Such military maneuvers of the U.S. may provoke a dangerous conflict under the present extremely acute situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula.

Typically, the nuclear strategic bombers from Guam frequent the sky above south Korea to openly stage actual war drills and muscle-flexing in a bid to strike the strategic bases of the DPRK. This grave situation requires the KPA to closely watch Guam, the outpost and beachhead for invading the DPRK, and necessarily take practical actions of significance to neutralize it.

In the morning of August 8 the air pirates of Guam again appeared in the sky above south Korea to stage a mad-cap drill simulating an actual war.

Supreme Commander of the revolutionary forces of the DPRK Kim Jong Un, estimating the nature of the military action taken by the U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region, once recommended examination of a powerful and effective action plan for containing the U.S. imperialists’ aggression hardware as the U.S. forces are resorting to inappropriate and reckless military actions in the sensitive area, while going on the rampage in the waters off the Korean peninsula and the Pacific waters.

The KPA Strategic Force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in order to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base in which the U.S. strategic bombers, which get on the nerves of the DPRK and threaten and blackmail it through their frequent visits to the sky above south Korea, are stationed and to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.

It should immediately stop its reckless military provocation against the state of the DPRK so that the latter would not be forced to make an unavoidable military choice.

The plan is to be soon reported to the Supreme Command soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment once Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the DPRK, makes a decision.

The execution of this plan will offer an occasion for the Yankees to be the first to experience the might of the strategic weapons of the DPRK closest.

Explicitly speaking again, the strategic weapons which the DPRK manufactured at the cost of blood and sweat, risking everything, are not a bargaining  thing for getting acknowledgement from others and for bartering for anything, but they serve as substantial military means for resolutely countering the  U.S. political and economic pressure and military threat as what has been observed now.

Will only the U.S. have option called “preventive war” as is claimed by it?

It is a daydream for the U.S. to think that its mainland is an invulnerable Heavenly kingdom.

The U.S. should clearly face up to the fact that the ballistic rockets of the Strategic Force of the KPA are now on constant standby, facing the Pacific Ocean and pay deep attention to their azimuth angle for launch.

It should make a proper option so as not to regret today in the future.

Incidentally, here is a 1999 interview courtesy of @NorthmanTrader, laying out Donald Trump’s thoughts on launching a pre-emptive strike on North Korea.

Needless to say, with both leaders determined to keep escalating until the adversary folds, this seemingly inevitable military conflict will not have a happy ending.

The good news for Guam, is that the US has had a THAAD anti-ballistic missile battery on the Pacific island since 2015; in fact it was the first permanent deployment of THAAD outside continental United States.

On the American Territory of Guam in the western Pacific, is Task Force Talon, the world’s only deployed and active THAAD battery site. This is the world’s newest missile defense capability that can intercept missiles in lower space and in the upper atmosphere with its extremely powerful, long range X-Band radar that defends U.S. soil and American citizens in Guam against North Korean ballistic missiles. Equally important, Task Force Talon projects U.S. strategic air power into Asia through B-52 bombers deployed at Anderson Air Force Base and a U.S. submarine navy port as well as the largest American fuel and munitions depot in the Pacific. Last month, the B-52 squadron from Guam was used in power projecting flights over the internationally disputed artificial Chinese islands in the South China Sea. This squadron has also  flown over the DMZ in warning to North Korea in the past. Task Force Talon in Guam remains indispensable not only for American power projection, but also delivering extended deterrence for U.S. allies in the Asia Pacific region.

Finally, here is the statement issued moments ago by Madeline Z. Bordallo, Guam rep.

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  • goingbrokes

    Guam! Come on! N Korea wants to attack Guam?!? BS.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      Bubble Guam :)

    • Thegr8rambino

      I think it is just disinfo, you never publicly announce to your enemy what you are really gonna do, its like the most basic rule in warfare. They may actually be planning to strike Japan or somewhere else

  • Serious

    So, USA wants to make a war against North Korea because North Korea is building weapons ??? XD.

    Why can’t North Korea build weapons and protect from US terrorism ?

    The good way is to build massive and lethal weapons. I suggest NK to build massive numbers of intercontinental nuclear missiles to en up with the barbaric americans.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Both parties in this squabble are digging themselves bigger holes. Trump is desperate for military success to bolster his support base in the US. The US can of course destroy NK BUT China and Russia will never allow a US puppet like South Korea to occupy the North with yet more US military bases. Kim Jong Un realises this of course. That is his real strength.

    WW3 beckons.

    • Nigel Maund

      Good commentary!

    • Julius Meinel

      I agree… as soon as NK appears to be on the verge of military collapse and with Kim the 3rd dead, I can see the Chinese and perhaps the Russians too storming the north to prevent US troops moving closer on their border. I think US might be content to attempt just a decapitating strike as going full force in north will be met with steel just as it was in 1950, albeit for different reasons this time.

      • heydad

        They tried a decapitating strike on Libya in the 80’s and it didn’t work. While we are light-years ahead in technology so is the rest of the world. I have a feeling that this strike today would not be successful and only make us look like aggressors again. No need to continue aggressions as NK is already in fight for their lives and will crumble as soon as Russia or China lose interest. Let failed state become failed and prepare defensives to the extreme because if we are as great as we claim, then our THAAD systems will protect us here. Main land Asia might not get so lucky.

        • They decapitated Libya and it worked all right.
          Now, from being the Jewel of Africa, it flops around like a headless chicken.

          As long as I live I will NEVER forgive Americans for what they did to Libya. And I will ever forget.

      • FlorianGeyer

        And the quality of Chinese ‘steel’ is equal to that of the US and far exceeds the US stock :)

    • America NEEDS that WW3.
      She has to force Russia and China (and their hangers-on) back into the Western Global Financial System – or she loses the global hegemony her dollar gives her.
      No USD hegemony = no more “just print more” = just another poor country.

      … It’s that old nursery rhyme:

      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
      All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
      Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Indeed you are 100% correct. I feel though that a war with NK will be a War Too Far for the US this time. Even their allies in the front lines do not want war for obvious reasons. Even though the US has the power to win the battle, the subsequent war will bring the US to her knees . It is quite likely that many ,if not all of the US allies in Asia will join with China in WW3.

        Americans all too often think they are revered and loved wherever they go.

        They are not. People fear them, they do not respect them.

        • “Americans all too often think they are revered and loved wherever they go.”
          ————-
          Not so much these days, I understand…
          Had some poor soul saying he’s wears a Canadian baseball cap when he travels overseas……

          • FlorianGeyer

            They will soon need to start wearing body armour :)

        • Thegr8rambino

          They are probably disgusted by them too lol

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The Big Bad Wolf needs to stop huffing and puffing against brick houses.

        • Sigh…. it would be nice if they’d stop blowing other people’s houses over.

  • Serious

    China should have given NK several intercontinental nuclear weapons. But, China likes to please USA rather than her ally.

  • Serious

    South Korea will be wipped out by NK if a war stars. USA doesn’t give a f… about SK or Japan. Imagine a hundred of missile raining in Tokyo.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Only war monger USA is concern by North Korean military success.Putin with the hope to send as a goodman by Trump has vote against North Korea.China is use like Isis to stuff Koreans by NATO.Both Russia and China are used by USA to destroy their allies and are thus weakening their soon to come war defences.

    • Serious

      Russia and China are waiting to be surrendered by NATO bases to start fighting. XD.

  • Serious

    USA is not strong. The rest of the planet is weak and like to be terrorized by USA.

    What did Iran make a deal with USA about nuclear weapons. Iran has the right to build nuclear weapons to defend himself. It was a big mistake because the only way you can defend against USA is by creating massive nuclear weapons that can reach USA. Otherwise, you are an easy target for USA.

    Everybody was applausing Iran to be made a “smart move”. I laugh. What Iran must have done is to make a referendum about nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. “Do you want Iran to continue to build intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons ?”. That’s the question that should have be asked to Iranians. Of course, Iranainas would have say “Yes” to a large scale. Now, Iran can’t make nuclear weapons and they are an easy target.

  • Serious

    If you made a referendum and ask your people to continue missile ballistic research, how USA can invade Iran to “save Iranians from Iran regime” ???

    If you make mistakes, don’t cry after.

  • I posted this to Zerohedge and I’m posting it here to – perhaps I’ll get some answers?
    —-

    Do you recall that in 2012 Reuters put out a newsreel video from North Korea with a running translation that NK was going to nuke the USA? Well – that translation was lie. The video contained no threat against the USA yet news media across the world carried that video with that translation reporting this irrational NK threat as fact.

    When a govt and their media LIE over and over to justify going to war against small sovereign nations it’s time to suspect that all and any of their calls to war are based on lies.

    So I ask the following:
    •Have you seen the original document and translated it for yourself – before re-producing a translated version of it here a fact?
    •Did you read your version through? Did you not notice it does not contain the word “pre-emptive.”?
    •Has NK society also been struck by the strange American Malady known as the mysterious “Unnamed Official Spokesmen?”

    And I’d submit that if the US has ‘right’ to a “Preventative War” that is not a “Pre-emptive Strike” or an “Aggressive Illegal Invasion” then so does every other nation – especially one under threat of annihilation? It’s not like the American threat to NK is not real – just look thru’ recent history regarding Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

    Are you are reporting facts – or pounding America’s war drum for her?
    Just like Reuters has been seen to do on occasion.

    • Serious

      USA is lying as usual. They always lie to make wars and take over other countries. I thought that everybody was aware of that as it’s f….. obvious. But, I’ve learned that 80% of the people is stupid. The stupid people are the most valuable ressources for the US empire.

      • I EXPECT the US to lie because that is what they do every time they open an official mouth.

        I do NOT expect alternate media sources to do America’s lying for them without question.

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    • FlorianGeyer

      The state of dementia and moral decay that the majority of the US population are in mirrors that of past empires in recorded history. Only a few generations are able to witness these events. Watching the US die on her own sword of fantasy excellence is certainly an experience :)

      • Thegr8rambino

        Its sad too, how a once decent nation turned into such trash, most movies nowadays not even worth going to see, most video games suck compared to older ones, all because of the love of money because of how fucked up the economy has become by the fed and 2008 crash all because of Zionists :(((

        • FlorianGeyer

          I have always been disappointed with US movies. They are rather trashy. I to to boycott US and Israeli goods as much as possible.

    • Ronald

      Reuters , Rothschild owned .
      Three countries left without Rothschild controlled banks , N. Korea , Cuba and Iran .
      Who are the “bad guys” ?

      • 4. Syria as well.
        Not long ago there was a nobs meeting where Rothschild bankers were asking US/NATO etc to liberate Syria and bring them into the banking fold.

        • Ronald

          You are right , Syria as well . There is a fifth country , Brazil ?
          Libya was on the list , but we can thank the UN for backing the bankers on that one .

  • eric zweistein

    Fake News.

  • Solomon Krupacek
    • BL

      kike humor is not funny

      • Solomon Krupacek

        kim is funny

  • BL

    Preparations of a false flag akin to the Gulf of Tonkins

  • Russell A Wilson

    I watched he Jimmy Kimble Show last night. He went out in the street to the public to ask if they think the US should attack NK. He only showed the ones that said YES but then he asked them to point out NK on a map of the world. Not one of them could point to the correct location of NK they were not even close and they were proud of the fact they had no idea where NK is. It really shows that the US lives inside a bubble of IQ lower than 50.

    • Peter Moy

      It is just downright embarrassing how ignorant a large percentage of the American population is in regard to current events, geography, world history, a foreign language (many people can’t even speak proper English) or even American history. It is no wonder that the latest PISA study from 2015 (Program For International Student Assessment – comparing standardized test scores of 15 year-old public school students in math, science and reading) showed that the US is 40th in math, 25th in science and 24th in reading. This is not only a national disgrace but totally embarrassing in terms of the amount of money spent. As long as many people have a cell phone, entertainment, a lottery ticket, are well fed and continue to believe the daily propaganda, the situation will not change. In German I would say “Peinlich und traurig aber wahr.”

      • Thegr8rambino

        What’s a better country to move to? :))

        • Peter Moy

          In terms of personal safety, per capita GDP, social services, infrastructure, public education, an educated work force, responsible government spending, economy, a sane foreign policy – my first choice would be Singapore. I visited that city-state years ago and felt, coming from the US, downright poor and from a violent, crime-infested, sick, dysfunctional society.

  • Ryszard Ewiak

    For now we can sleep in peace. North Korea will not start WW3. When and how will this happen? Let me remind here a fragment of an ancient vision: “And [the king of the north] will go back (to) his land with great wealth [1945. This detail indicated that Hitler will attack also the Soviet Union and will fight to the bitter end]; and his heart (will be) against the holy covenant [Soviet Union introduced state atheism and believers were repressed]; and will act [it means activity in the international arena]; and turned back to his own land [1991-1993. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Russian troops returned to their country]. At the appointed time [he] will return back [it also means the breakup of the European Union and NATO], and will enter into the south [this can be Georgia], but it will not be as the former [2008 – Georgia] or as the latter [Ukraine], for the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [USA, in the beginning without Britain] will come against him, and he will be dejected, and will go back.” (Daniel 11:28-30a)

    What will induce the “king of the north” to enter into the south? Jesus said: “For nation will rise against nation”, as in 2008, and then…

    Moses writes: “But ships from the direction of Kittim [US Navy], and will afflict Asshur [Russia] and will afflict Eber [remaining enemies, including Iran and China].” (Numbers 24:24a) It will be suicidal mission. This armada will not return home. (Numbers 24:24b)

    This will be a nuclear war. (Revelation 6:4) “A great sword” in this context means a nuclear sword. This will be a slaughter. However, it will be neither “the end of the world” (Armageddon). As Jesus foretold, it will be “the beginning of birth pains”. (Matthew 24:7, 8)

    In 1882 British troops occupied Egypt. Great Britain then took the role of “the king of the south”. Around the same time, Russia expanded its influence in the region, which previously belonged to Seleucus I Nicator, and took the role of “the king of the north”. (Daniel 11:27)

    All the details of this vision are being fulfilled from the time of ancient Persia, in chronological order. It is true that this vision is variously interpreted. As one can see, it has a lot of details. Therefore the insightful person is able to detect any error or sophistry. (Daniel 11:33; 12:10)

  • Thegr8rambino

    This may just be disinfo. In war you never publicly announce to your enemy what you will really do, its the stupidest thing ever. Maybe they are instead planning to hit Japan or some other base