North Korea sets mid-August deadline for Guam strike

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PV International Desk : North Korea said its plan to fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will soon be ready, as a war of words with Washington intensifies, reports BBC.

State media said Hwasong-12 rockets would pass over Japan and land in the sea about 30km (17 miles) from Guam, if the plan was approved by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

It denounced Donald Trump’s warnings of “fire and fury” and said the US leader was “bereft of reason”.

The US has warned the North its actions could mean the “end of its regime”.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Pyongyang would be “grossly overmatched” in any war against the US and its allies.

A BBC journalist, who is in Guam, said there is a sense that the North Korean threat is rhetorical, as most people feel that if they really did strike with missiles it would be suicidal for the North Korean regime.