According to reports out of North Korea’s state run news agency KCNA it appears that Kim Jong Un has reviewed the plans to fire missiles near Guam and opted not to fire any missiles near Guam.
Guam – North Korea has opted not to shoot missiles at Guam at this time. Instead the DPRK has said it would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.”
Last week, the Korean People’s Army threatened to draft a plan and turn it into DPRK leader Kim Jong Un by mid-August and wait for his orders. On Tuesday, Kim Jong Un reviewed the plan and opted not to order a missile strike.
“There doesn’t appear to be any indication that based on what we’re hearing that there will be any missiles attacking in the near future or the distant future,” said Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio.
Tenorio and Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros said during a press briefing this afternoon that the threat level for Guam is still the same and has remained the same prior to, during and after the threats from North Korea.
It should also be made clear that North Korea has never actually threatened to shoot Guam with missiles. Rather, they threatened to draft a plan to shoot missiles near Guam and then turn that plan in for review and wait for further orders.
Today, according to CNN, North Korea’s state run media KCNA reported that Kim Jong Un had reviewed the plans and opted not to give orders to shoot missiles near Guam but instead said he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the yankees.”
“We are very ecstatic that Kim Jong Un has backed off,” said Charfauros.
Earlier Tuesday, CNN reported that satellite imagery indicated that a North Korean mobile missile launcher had been moved into a position that could suggest plans for the launch of a single missile. Charfauros says he believes this is likely linked to the celebration of Korea’s independence day and not linked to any plans to shoot missiles towards Guam.
“That may be just a ruse. Today is a historic day for the Korean peninsula. It’s their liberation day just like we celebrated liberation day on Guam, the Koreans do that. That’s liberation from Japan in World War II. North Korea tends to use symbolism as part of their decision making and I believe that’s one of their ways of showing not just the public, their public and people, but also the world,” said Charfauros.
The HSA also told PNC he believes this is just a sort of show of force during their celebration.
Again, according to reports out of North Korea’s state run news agency KCNA, it appears that Kim Jong Un has reviewed the plans to fire missiles near Guam and opted not to fire any missiles near Guam.