A North Korean official announced on Wednesday morning that his country is “seriously examining” a plan to launch a missile strike on Guam. In response to US President Donald Trump’s recent statement about meeting any North Korea threat with “fire and fury,” another North Korean official said that Pyongyang will respond to every “indication of a provocation.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A spokesperson for the North Korean army told the state-run KCNA news agency that Pyongyang is “seriously examining” the possibility of launching a missile strike on the US Pacific island territory of Guam. A third of the island is used by the US Army.

Hours after US President Donald Trump stated that every threat from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury,” the spokesperson said that the attack is already being planned: “We will be ready when [our] leader Kim Jong-un decides to attack.”

Another North Korean official told KCNA on Tuesday night that Pyongyang can carry out a preventive military attack if the US “shows any indication of a provocation against us.”

Trump harshly responded to the Washington Post’s report, which stated that North Korea has already successfully manufactured miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be loaded onto its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” warned Trump. “He [Kim] has been very threatening… and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”