In the continually escalating conflict between North Korea and the United States a new threat has been issued from Pyongyang. The North Koreans have threatened to attack U.S military bases in Japan and Guam.

North Korea on Thursday threatened to attack American military bases in Japan and on the Pacific island of Guam in retaliation for recent training missions by American B-52 bombers over South Korea…

The threats against American troops on Thursday were the latest in a stream of vitriol from the North in the wake of the United Nations sanctions. Japanese and American Pacific bases are within range of North Korea’s medium-range missiles, according to South Korean officials.

After conducting a third nuclear weapons test the North Koreans threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the United States. While extremely proactive, the consensus within U.S. security circles seems to have been that though North Korea was working on gaining the capacity for such a strike, they were nowhere near having such a capability presently. It was thought to be, essentially, an empty threat.

Striking American military bases in the pacific however is well within North Korea’s capability. The regime has been willing to make symbolic strikes previously such as sinking a South Korean naval ship and shelling a South Korean Island in 2010.

North Korea recently promised to cancel the Korean War Cease Fire if America continued to push for UN sanctions, which it did. The Korean War never technically ended there has just been a cease fire since 1953. Ending the cease fire would in theory give North Korea the legal justification to attack American bases in the Pacific.