North Korea has made fresh threats to attack the U.S. territory of Guam with a 'salvo of missiles' after a recent aviation exercise over the peninsula.
Kim Jong-Un's government warned that a joint exercise with Japan and South Koreahas 'hardened our determination that the U.S. should be tamed with fire'.
In a statement published in North Korean state media, Pyongyang said the military drills 'lets us take our hand closer to the 'trigger' for taking the toughest countermeasure'.
It came in response to two US Air Force supersonic heavy bombers being flown over the Korean peninsula in a show of force against Pyongyang on Tuesday night.
Two B-1B Lancers based in Guam flew a mission in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea the US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.
In August, North Korea threatened to fire a salvo of intermediate range missiles toward the U.S. Pacific island territory.
Guam is a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers that periodically fly missions over the divided Korean Peninsula.
Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said there's 'great concern' about Americans who live in Guam.
Speaking at a White House news conference he said: 'right now we think the threat is manageable,' but added the situation would become more problematic over time if North Korea's capability 'grows beyond where it is today.'
'Let's hope that diplomacy works,' he said.
Today's fresh threat was published in North Korean state media, according to CNN's Will Ripley who shared the statement on Twitter.
It also said that North Korea has 'already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defence including a salvo of missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam'.
It is unlikely to have any effect on next week's planned major joint-navy drill between Sourth Korea and the U.S.
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