North Korea Readies a “Salvo of Missiles” for Guam?

North Korea is getting ready to launch a “salvo of missiles” at the U.S. territory of Guam in reprisal to US-South Korea drills involving B-1 Strategic Bombers and a carrier strike group.

A B-1 Strategic Bomber taking off. The B-1 has been constantly flying near North Korea's airspace in a show of force.
A B-1 Strategic Bomber taking off. The B-1 has been constantly flying near North Korea’s airspace in a show of force.

“The Trump team is trying to provoke the DPRK through such reckless military provocations as dispatch of B-1B, nuclear submarine and nuclear carrier into the waters around the Korean peninsula. Such military acts compel the DPRK to take military counteraction.”

Pyongyang published an official warning through its KCNA state news agency to justify a possible act of self-defense.

“We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense including a salvo of missiles into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam, an advance base for invading the DPRK, where key U.S. bases are located, as the U.S. has resorted to military actions in sensitive regions, making the waters off the Korean peninsula and in the Pacific restless.”

“The U.S. military action hardens our determination that the U.S. should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to “trigger” for taking the toughest countermeasure.”

“In case any shocking case occurs on the Korean peninsula, the U.S. will be made to hold responsibility as it is pushing the situation on the peninsula to the point of explosion while going reckless, being carried away by ill-advised bravery.”

Although North Korea might have the ability to launch a “salvo of missiles” into the waters near Guam, I believe that it would be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back for Pyongyang. By doing so, the international community would issue another round of heavy sanctions and would justify an even greater increase of U.S. presence in the region.

North Korea Ballistic Missile Range
North Korea ballistic missile range.

It could also be the justification the United States are waiting for to start targeting strategic targets such as launch sites, radar sites, anti-aircraft positions and, most importantly, the hundreds of North Korean artillery batteries already aiming at Seoul.

North Korea knows both the United States and South Korea drafted plans to invade its country as some of its hackers were able to get several secret documents about it. However, they also know that both countries have many contingency plans that could be used quickly.

Kim Jong Un knows that if he fires a “salvo of missiles” in the water near Guam, it will be the end of him and his regime but he will continue threatening the international community in hopes to be recognized as a nuclear power.

U.S.-South Korea to conduct joint drills against North Korea’s aggressiveness

The joint exercise will be conducted on October 16-26 in the East and West Seas. The U.S. Navy will deploy the USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and USS Mustin (DDG 89).

The USS Ronald Regan (CVN-76) carrier group will take part in a joint US-South Korea exercise to counter North Korea's aggressive missile launches.
The USS Ronald Regan (CVN-76) carrier group will take part in a joint US-South Korea exercise to counter North Korea’s aggressive missile launches.

According to the 7th Fleet website, “the exercise will provide a visible and coordinated engagement for the U.S. – ROK alliance. It will also conduct combined joint operations and exercises with ROK Navy, U.S. Seventh Fleet, ROK Air Force, U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ 7th Air Force and U.S. Eighth Army for the purpose of continuing the United States’ national policy and commitment to the U.S. – ROK alliance and the region.”

Adding to that, the USS Michigan, an Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine is now moored in the South Korean port of Busan, according to the 7th Fleet.

The United States increased its joint training with South Korea in retaliation to North Korea’s multiple missile tests. In September, Pyongyang tested an hydrogen bomb with a blast estimated at more than 120 kilotons, according to NORSAR.

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