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North Korea gives specifics on threat against Guam

Experts say a nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea is unlikely, but the risk is rising.

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Right now, the people of Guam are in the middle of a dangerous war of words between the United States and North Korea.

President Trump issued a warning of "fire and fury" Tuesday and North Korea is now responding with one against the U.S. territory island. North Korea's military said it's examining the operational plan to strike areas around Guam.

These most recent threats are part of a dangerous ramping up of rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S, with President Trump issuing his most stern warning yet.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," President Trump said. "They will be met with the fire, and the fury like the world has never seen."

North Korea state-run news agency, KCNA, issued a statement Wednesday morning specifically mentioning a potential strike on Andersen Air Force Base designed to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.

The base is one of two on the Pacific island which are the closest bases on U.S. soil to North Korea. Meanwhile, the Governor of Guam said there is no change in the threat level against the U.S. territory.

"I've reached out ti the White House this morning, an attack or threat on Guam is an attack or threat on the United States," said Guam Governor Eddie Calvo. "They have said that America will be defended."

This all stems from a move over the weekend by the United nations. The U.N. levied the heaviest sanctions yet against North Korea. They were in response to two recent launch tests which showed the rogue regime has missiles capable of reaching the U.S.

A new assessment by U.S. intelligence believes North Korea has produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside those missiles.

However, experts said they're doubtful those missiles are capable of clearing two crucial hurdles needed to reach the U.S., which are accurate targeting systems and the ability to re-enter the atmosphere, undamaged, from space.

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