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North Korea: Missile Launch Was a 'Prelude' to a Guam Attack

North Korea: Missile Launch Was a 'Prelude' to a Guam Attack

Trump wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday.

The statement, which quotes North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, explains that the operation will include the US Pacific territory of Guam.

She was responding to questions on statements by the president and his Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on the repeated ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang.

The Western Pacific island, which is a United States territory with military bases critical to U.S. operations in Southeast Asia, has been threatened by North Korea before. Kim Jong-un himself was present during the launch, Yonhap news agency said.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has warned Tokyo against "imminent self-destruction" for siding with Washington, as tensions soar after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan.

North Korea has one again come to the forefront of the global scene following the launch of ballistic missile over the Japanese Hokkaido Island.

North Korea has launched several missiles toward Japan this year, with most falling in the Sea of Japan.

China is working with the security council in response to the tests, but doesn't favour unilateral sanctions against North Korea, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at briefing in Beijing on Wednesday. Though tensions between North Korea and the U.S. appear to be escalating, Guam doesn't seem especially concerned about North Korea right now.

When asked about the tweet hours later, Mattis seemed to disagree, saying that "We're never out of diplomatic solutions".

The KCNA report said the launch was the first of its kind from the capital.

On Tuesday, the Security Council described the missile launch as "outrageous", demanding that North Korea cease its weapons programme. According to the South Korean military, the missile flew about 2,700 km at an altitude of 550 km. Even while exploring peaceful options to nullify Pyongyang's nuclear threat, the worldwide community must first unite in imposing tough sanctions on North Korea.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, mouthpiece of the North's ruling party, yesterday carried more than 20 pictures of the launch near Pyongyang.

Overflights Of the Korean Peninsula by heavy bombers such as the B1-B have incensed Pyongyang The North views the joint exercises as a rehearsal for invasion or the targeting of its leadership, routinely lambasting them as "nuclear bomb-dropping drills". That has happened despite further worldwide sanctions aimed at squeezing Kim's economy.

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