As tensions rise, what you need to know about North Korea’s nuclear threat

North Korea’s government-run news claims the country will quickly release a plan to target four medium-range missiles at the ocean near Guam.

The missiles would supposedly be fired over Japan and land within around 20 miles of the U.S. territory of Guam. It’s North Korea’s latest response to the threats President Trump made two days ago. He said “North Korea best not make any more threats to the U.S. They will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

If North Korea takes the step threatened this morning, how will the U.S. respond?


Phil Ewing, national security editor for NPR; he tweets @philewing

Robert Litwak, director of international security studies and international security studies at the Wilson Center; he is the author of the new book, “Preventing North Korea's Nuclear Breakout” (Wilson Center, 2017)