North Korea could strike US territory Guam next, says expert – ‘I wouldn’t rule it out’

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
By Paul Martin

NORTH KOREA could target the US territory of Guam next if Kim Jong-un is feeling “emboldened” following his latest missile test over Japan.

Tue, Aug 29, 2017

North Korea could test a missile in the direction of US territory Guam to show Donald Trump what they are capable of, according to Dr John Nilsson-Wright.

The Senior Research Fellow at the Chatham House Asia Programme downplayed the idea that North Korea would strike Guam, but insisted he would not rule it out.

Speaking on Sky News, Mr Nilsson-Wright said it is much more likely if Kim Jong-un would launch a missile in the direction of Guam to show their strength.

He said: “I don’t think the North Korean’s have ever been thinking about a direct attack on Guam despite their very provocative rhetoric.

“A more plausible scenario is a potential test fire of a missile in the direction of Guam to show that the North Koreans have that capability.

“But they have made the calculation for now at least that Trump’s very public warnings, that they don’t want to take that more provocative step.

“But I wouldn’t rule it out in the future, if they feel, as they already are, emboldened. If they feel they are approaching if you like nuclear superpower status as a result of their progress in recent months. Then they might be willing to take that extra risk.”

The comments from Mr Nilsson-Wright come as North Korea fired a missile over Japan during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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