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North Korea Threatens to attack Guam in Response to US Military Deployment

North Korea Threatens to attack Guam in Response to US Military Deployment

The area around North Korea's nuclear test base may be destabilized after recent tremors and landslides, Reuters reported, and experts say it may not be used for tests much longer.

Last week, U.S. B-1B "Lancer" bombers conducted live-fire exercises off both coasts of the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.

Joint military exercises are particularly infuriating to Pyongyang.

The North Korean state agency issued this comment on the same day that South Korean and U.S. naval forces announced they will conduct high-profile joint maneuvers in waters off the Korean peninsula next week to counter the growing threat of Pyongyang.

'If US imperialists and the South Korean puppets ignite a nuclear war of aggression against us, it would only advance their own demise, ' the state-run KCNA news agency said.

"We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense, including a salvo of missiles into waters near the USA territory of Guam", the KCNA report quoted Kim Kwang Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, as saying. US and South Korean warplanes also will join the exercise.

Kim Jong-un's regime hit back today saying the war drill "hardened our determination that the USA should be tamed with fire".

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Thousands of US military personnel remain stationed on the island.

CCN reports that the latest warnings from Pyongyang follow weeks of rising tensions, which promise to escalate further when US and South Korea joint naval exercises begin Monday.

Ri, who was recently promoted to the Workers' Party of Korea's Political Bureau, also reportedly emphasized Kim's warning to the "act sensibly and stop troubling us" if it did not want to be struck by his regime's missiles.

North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test in recent weeks as it advances quickly toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

The maneuvers are meant to reinforce the "communications, interoperability and cooperation" between the two armies in the face of North Korea's weapons development. Kim Jong Un has said he would watch the Americans before deciding when to launch an "enveloping fire" around Guam. "Let's hope that diplomacy works", the chief of staff said.

North Korea has made similar threats against the United States for decades.