August 30, 2017
North Korea is once again threatening to attack Guam.
The country’s state-run media issued a warning Wednesday, saying its recent missile launch over Japan was a preview for a planned strike on the U.S. territory.
Video of North Korea’s latest launch was also released, showing a mid-range ballistic missile shooting into the sky.
Reports say Kim Jong-un wants to conduct more missile tests to advance North Korea’s military capabilities.
President Trump has said diplomatic talks with the North are not the answer.
China has suspended coal imports from the North, and banned North Korean companies from doing business in the country.
Meanwhile, South Korea and Japan agreed to significantly increase the pressure on Pyongyang, demanding even stricter U.N. sanctions against North Korea.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say that Pyongyang’s projectile launch is an act of outrageous violence exceeding the level of a provocation.
The South Korean president expressed his solidarity with the people of Japan as the North Korean missile launch sparked concern and unease among the residents of Hokkaido.
The statements come after intensified threats out of Pyongyang promising more ballistic missile tests and threats targeting Guam.
Japan and South Korea say they are seeking deeper cooperation on the matter with the U.S. as well as with China and Russia.
Early next month, the leaders will meet with their Russian and Chinese colleagues at an economic forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok where they plan to deepen communication on the North Korean menace.
The threat escalates as Pyongyang vows even more missile tests despite the U.N. condemnation of the rogue state’s actions.