North Korea is “carefully examining” a plan to launch a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, according to reports.
North Korea's military said, in a statement carried by the state-run news agency, that the plan could be "put into practice" once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.
North Korea reportedly also warned it could "carry out a preemptive operation if the U.S. showed signs of provocation."
This comes just hours after President Donald Trump said any North Korean threat to the U.S. would be met with "fire and fury."
After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017
The U.S. maintains several military bases in Guam, in addition to nuclear-capable bombers and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interceptor.
This latest threat from North Korea comes just one day after the nation's foreign minister reportedly said they would use nuclear weapons on the U.S. if attacked.
Pyongyang “is ready to teach the U.S. a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force,” Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s foreign minister, reportedly said.