Anchor: North Korea has further intensified military tensions, revealing more details of its operational plan to fire ballistic missiles at Guam. A day after the regime issued its threat to attack the U.S. island territory, the North's state-run media on Thursday reported about the tentative plan, citing the commander of the strategic rocket force of the North Korean People's Army.
Kim Bum-soo has more.
Report: Under North Korea's plan, four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles will be fired simultaneously towards Guam across Japanese airspace.
According to Commander Kim Rak-gyom of the strategic rocket force of the North Korean People's Army, the missiles will fly three-thousand 356-point-seven kilometers before landing 30 to 40 kilometers off the coast of the Western Pacific island.
The North's Korean Central News Agency on Thursday cited the general as saying that the operational plan will be finalized by mid August and brought to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his final approval.
The North Korean general said that the operation is to subdue U.S. military capabilities in Guam and send a grave warning to the U.S.
He then shifted his focus to U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that the U.S. commander in chief aggravated his rocket troops by discussing "fire and fury" against North Korea.
Trump said Tuesday that North Korea best not make any more threats to the U.S. and the regime will only be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.
The latest announcement by the North Korean general came just a day after his spokesman said that the strategic rocket force is carefully reviewing an operation for making an "enveloping fire" around the U.S. territory.
The spokesman said that the operation would contain key U.S. military facilities, including Andersen Air Force Base, where U.S. B-1B Lancers are stationed for missions over the Korean Peninsula.
The North Korean spokesman said that the U.S. bombers get on the nerves of North Korea due to their frequent flights over South Korean airspace.
Experts said that the North could proceed to launch missiles when Seoul and Washington hold their annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercise later this month.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.