Py­ongyang says it will launch 4 mis­siles, which will over­fly Ja­pan

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SEOUL forces, ac­cord­ing to Py­ongyang’s of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency.

“Sound di­a­logue is not pos­si­ble with such a guy bereft of rea­son.”

The mil­i­tary would com­plete the Guam plan by mid-Au­gust and sub­mit it to Kim for con­sid­er­a­tion, he said.

The state­ment said the four mis­siles would be launched si­mul­ta­ne­ously and over­fly the Ja­panese pre­fec­tures of Shi­mane, Hiroshima and Koichi.

They would have a flight time of 17 min­utes 45 sec­onds, travel 3,356.7km and come down 30 to 40 kilo­me­tres away from Guam, it said, which would put the im­pact points just out­side US ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters.

The western Pa­cific is­land of Guam is home to US strate­gic as­sets, in­clud­ing long-range bombers and mil­i­tary jets and sub­marines, which are reg­u­larly de­ployed for shows of force in and near the Korean penin­sula, to Py­ongyang’s fury.

Pro­fes­sor Yang Moo-jin of Seoul’s Univer­sity of North Korean Stud­ies said the level of de­tail in Py­ongyang’s dec­la­ra­tion was un­usual.

“The North ap­pears to be say­ing what it is go­ing to do is within in­ter­na­tional laws.

“There­fore, it can­not be ruled out that the North may trans­late this plan into re­al­ity.”

Adam Mount, se­nior fel­low of the Cen­tre for Amer­i­can Progress, tweeted: “Un­like Trump’s vague, in­cen­di­ary threat, DPRK’s is co­er­cive, clear, spe­cific, and has cred­i­ble es­ca­la­tion po­ten­tial. Re­sponse is dif­fi­cult.”

Ja­panese De­fence Min­is­ter It­sunori On­odera said yes­ter­day it could legally in­ter­cept a North Korean mis­sile headed to­wards Guam.

He said Ja­pan would be al­lowed to hit a mis­sile headed to­wards Guam if it was judged to be an ex­is­ten­tial threat to Ja­pan.

Thou­sands of North Kore­ans marched through cen­tral Py­ongyang on Wed­nes­day, wav­ing clenched fists, as author­i­ties put on a show of sup­port for their stance. Agen­cies


A mass rally in Py­ongyang on Wed­nes­day.

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