Nuke Wednesday on Guam

Residents of Guam awakened to the reality of being at ground zero in the--so far--sabre-rattling rhetorical war between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. On cable TV screens, the outlines of Guam, illustrating the routes from Guam to the Korean peninsula taken by B-1 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base projecting U.S. power were constantly repeated.

The Wall Street Journal gave the story front page play, after correcting its initial misspelling of the base name in an early edition.

Wall Street Journal: SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military to examine a plan for a missile strike on the U.S. military base on Guam, making an unusually explicit threat to attack the U.S.The threat was published by North Korea’s official media Wednesday morning and came just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump cautioned North Korea to not “make any more threats” to the U.S., warning of a response of “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”While North Korea’s state media regularly warns of strikes on the U.S. homeland and other U.S. military assets in Asia, the threats are usually vague and rarely linked to a direct order from Mr. Kim.

The Reuters news service told the world about it: "North Korea said on Wednesday it is 'carefully examining' a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with 'fire and fury.' A spokesman for the Korean People's Army, in a statement carried by the North's state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be 'put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment' once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.