Military tensions are mounting between the United States and North Korea. As Donald Trump toughens his tone again, Kim Jong-un’s regime is detailing its plan to attack the American island of Guam. A new provocation of the North Korean army seems imminent. The reference site “38 North” claims, with satellite imagery, that it would be preparing new missile tests. China calls for restraint.
Pyongyang has been hammering for a few days that a plan of attack against the American island of Guam will be ready in mid-August. The North Korean army has said that four intermediate-range ballistic missiles will fly over Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi, Japan, and then spill at sea some thirty kilometers from Guam in international waters.
Guam is an island in the Pacific Ocean, small in size but highly strategic for the US military, which is an outpost oriented towards Asia. Indeed, it is home to one of its largest military bases, with its bomber planes, and some 6,000 soldiers are stationed there. It is an unincorporated territory of the United States, endowed with an elected governor.
Dumped by the latest insults of Kim Jong-un, and the threat to Guam, Donald Trump warned North Korea that ” military options are in place and ready for use .” But the threats are not shaking the Pyongyang regime, which would consider conducting new ballistic missile tests from a submarine in the near future.
According to 38 North, an American site specializing in North Korean affairs, satellite images seem to indicate that this is what the Northern Army is preparing to do. For North Korean defense expert Joseph Bermudez, these images would reveal that Pyongyang is accelerating the development of the maritime part of its nuclear forces.
In this context of extreme tensions, a new provocation of the “hermit kingdom” of Asia causes fear that the American president will end up by joining the gesture to the word. On Saturday morning, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged him to avoid ” words and deeds ” that could ” exacerbate ” the already tense situation on the Korean peninsula. And call everyone to restraint.