On Tuesday, North Korea warned that it would carry out preemptive military strikes against the U.S., starting with the Pacific Territory of Guam. This announcement was made shortly after President Trump warned North Korea to not threaten the U.S. because "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." While military officials are taking measures to determine just how serious these threats are, it's only logical to investigate what the North Korea "map of death" is, and where their potential targets lie.
The so-called map of death is based on a 2013 photograph of a war room in Pyongyang, which the country released. On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Korean People's Army made it clear that North Korea is considering striking Guam as a warning to the U.S. "The KPA Strategic Force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in order to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base," the spokesman said in a statement that ran on KCNA News.
Another target Pyongyang has mentioned multiple times is Hawaii, the home of the U.S. Pacific Command. In fact, in lieu of North Korea's estimation that inter-ballistic missiles could reach Hawaii the islands already have plans to begin monthly tests of an "attack warning" siren starting in November.
Another chief target North Korea has in its sights is Washington D.C.. Back in March a North Korean propaganda outlet released a video of the American flag in flames, alongside the image of a warhead detonating near the Lincoln Memorial. A translation of the captions read, "If the American imperialists provoke us a bit, we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike. The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not."
While there are two other targets located in the U.S., the precise location of these is less sure. One is estimated to be in Southern California, and due to the location of the Homeport for the Pacific Fleet, San Diego could be a target for North Korea's attacks.
The final target lies in the south, and was initially thought to be Austin, Texas. However, based on what can be made out from the propaganda photo of the Map of Death, the location of the target could also be San Antonio, Texas -- home of the Lackland Air Force Base. Or possibly, the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
While it's terrifying to speculate about possible nuclear war targets, as threats increase, it's crucial to keep our eyes on the map.