Thousands in North Korea held a massive rally to protest the new UN sanction on their country. The rally was held at Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung square. Citizens marched through the square holding various placards against the sanctions.
Tensions between United States and North Korea have grown due to the Pyongyang’s new missile tests. Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s notorious supreme commander, said his country was examining a potential strike on areas around Guam which is an American territory. Pyongyang has also threatened attacking the same territory through some of its previous propaganda videos.
Guam is one of the 14 unincorporated US territories with a population of 160,000 people. It is a self-governing territory and is part of the Mariana Islands close to japan and Philippine. Its inhabitants are American citizens.
Pyongyang’s intermediate-range missile is planned to be fired east and over Japan landing around 30 to 40 kilometers (18 to 25 miles) off the coast of Guam, according to state-run KCNA. Guam is almost 3,000 kilometers from North Korea.
The US government harshly reacted to these threats with Donald Trump stating “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.”
North Korea state-run media termed Trump’s “fire and fury” as nonsense and despite his warning, released its plan to strike Guam. It also stated “sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him.”
North Korea has been on top of the list of Trump administration foreign-policy agenda since Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month that are said to be capable of hitting United States mainland.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis backed Trump’s remarks saying “DRPK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of regime and destruction of its people.”
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Americans to sleep well at night and not to worry as the situation was not a new story.
(CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mistakenly said there were 15 unincorporated territories of the United States. The mistake has been corrected. There are only 14 unincorporated territories of the United States.)