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(2nd LD) N. Korea threatens missile strike near Guam

All Headlines 08:04 August 09, 2017

(ATTN: REWRITES first 2 paras; UPDATES with more details, background)

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's military announced Wednesday it is considering missile strikes near Guam, home to several U.S. strategic bombers, warning that it is ready to stage an all-out war if Washington launches a preventive war against it.

The North's threat came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump warned that any threat by North Korea to the U.S. will be meet with "fire and fury."

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.

In a separate statement, North Korea's military warned that it is ready to stage an all-out war if Washington launches a "preventive war" against it.

North Korea's threat came on the heels of the United Nations Security Council's adoption of new sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

North Korea on Monday rejected the U.N. sanctions over its long-range missile tests and vowed to make Washington pay a price "dearly" with its retaliation.

North Korea fired its first ICBM on July 4, followed by another one with a longer flight in late July. The North claimed that the whole U.S. mainland is within its striking range.

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