North Korea raises tension with talk of missile strike on Guam

North Korea raises tension with consideration of missile strike on Guam

The state announced it was considering a missile strike on the island in state media on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

North Korea has scaled up tension with the US with an announcement it was considering a missile strike on Guam. 

The announcement was made by its state media outlet, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), on Wednesday morning. 

It came hours after Donald Trump promised "fire and fury" if Pyongyang continued to threaten the US. 

The US Department of Defense told CNN it had the capability to combat any threat to the island - where America maintains jurisdiction over a host of military bases - from North Korea. 

The island's governor, Eddie Baza Calvo, addressed the population to reassure them there was no escalating threat but also said it was ready for "any threat."

See his statement below: 

 

 

Tensions between the two countries have been running high amid recent US-backed economic sanctions and North Korea's ongoing nuclear tests. 

The state recently claimed tests of two intercontinental ballistic missiles had given it the ability to hit the US mainland, and media reports on Tuesday claimed they had successfully miniaturised nuclear devices.