Blus­ter may be ploy by the DPRK

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­

Py­ongyang’s an­nounce­ment of a plan to fire four mis­siles near the US ter­ri­tory of Guam dra­mat­i­cally es­ca­lates ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula, but could also be a ploy, Chinese ex­perts said.

It is pos­si­ble that Py­ongyang is­sued the threat as a bar- gain­ing chip to make a deal with Washington, they said.

The Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea mil­i­tary has said its plan to fire four in­ter­me­di­ate mis­siles to land 30 to 40 km from Guam will be ready by mid-Au­gust and its im­ple­men­ta­tion will de­pend on a de­ci­sion by DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, the Korean Cen­tral News Agency said on Thurs­day.

The plan came af­ter the DPRK dis­missed as a “load of non­sense” warn­ings by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that it would face “fire and fury” if it threat­ened the United States.

Guam be­came a US ter­ri­tory in 1898, and the US main­tains a naval and air force base there.

“Py­ongyang’s move will equal sui­cide if im­ple­mented, as Washington will re­tal­i­ate,’’ said Zhang Lian­gui, an ex­pert in Korean stud­ies at the Party School of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

Since 2005, the DPRK has car­ried out five nuclear tests and nu­mer­ous mis­sile tests, in­clud­ing two bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests in July.

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