NZ air force detachment on Guam, island targeted by North Korea

US Air Force B1B bombers based at Guam have flown over the Korean peninsula

A U.S. B-1B bomber (L) flies over Korea along with a South Korean F-15K fighter on July 30, 2017, in this photo provided by the Air Force.

North Korea's military threatened Wednesday to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile attack on "areas near Guam" in order to contain the USA military's strategic assets based on the Pacific island. "It will never miss the opportunity to sweep away the Anderson air base in Guam".

The U.S. planes, which were created to carry nuclear bombs and later switched to conventional payloads, followed up the drills with Japan with a separate exercise with South Korean Forces, the ASDF said.

The news comes after the state-run North Korean news agency reported today that Pyongyang was "carefully examining" a missile strike on the U.S. territory.

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Just a month before a squadron of B1-B lancers, B52's and B2-Spirit Stealth bombers conducted training exercises in and around the skies of Guam and the Marianas leading North Korea to release a statement saying they will "whet more sharply the treasured sword of nuclear weapons of justice" and "all the USA military bases in the operational theatre in the pacific including Guam will face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack to be mounted by the army of the DPRK".

"This serves as the first mission for the crews and aircraft recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in support of US Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence missions", the PACAF said in an August 8 statement.

Citing a commentary by the government's Minju Joson newspaper, KCNA further accused Japan of "working hard as a shock brigade and servants for carrying out aggressive war of the US which inflicted painful wounds upon the Japanese people in past".

"It is conceivable that North Korea's nuclear weapons program has already considerably advanced, and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads", the ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.

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