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(LEAD) N. Korea threatens missile strike near Guam

2017/08/09 07:31

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SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's military announced Wednesday it is considering missile strikes near Guam, home to several U.S. strategic bombers.

The North's Strategic Force said it's "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," according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in an English dispatch.

It cited the need to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam, including the Anderson Air Force Base, where U.S. strategic bombers are based.

The plan will soon be reported to the Supreme Command after "full examination and completion," and will be put into practice "in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way" at Kim Jong-un's order, added the command.

The United States has often dispatched B-1B and other strategic bombers from Guam to South Korea in a show of force after North carries out ballistic missile launches or nuclear tests.

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