North Korea on Thursday released details of a hypothetical plan to attack American bases in Guam with the help of ballistic missiles, in a statement published by official news agency KCNA and signed by Lt. Gen. Kim Rak-gyom, head of North Korea's Strategic Rocket Forces.
Appointed in the spring of 2012 Kim Rak-gyom is a four-star general (second highest rank only behind Kim Jong-un's Marshal), who is frequently seen along with the North Korean leader in photos celebrating missile tests.
In the statement the army said they are finalizing the plan, according to which North Korea will launch four Hwasong-12 missile that "will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi Prefectures of Japan. They will fly 3,356.7 km for 1,065 seconds (nearly 18 minutes) and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam."
The distance corresponds to the average distance between Panghyon airport - from where Pyongyang successfully launched Hwasong-12 in May - and the waters off the north-west coast of Guam, in the direction of the American naval and air bases.
The North Korean media also published pictures of tens of thousands of citizens marching through the Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang Wednesday carrying banners in defense of Kim Jong-un and criticizing the latest United Nations sanctions imposed on the country following its latest missile launches.