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Tuesday 29 July 2014

George W's home state on the hitlist for Pyongyang missile attack

JOHN SWAINE

Published 30/03/2013|04:00

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IT is 12 years since George W Bush named North Korea as part of the "Axis of Evil", yet Kim Jong-un still appears to bear a grudge.

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A map detailing Mr Kim's "US Mainland Strike Plan", which was visible in a photo released yesterday, indicated that Mr Bush's home state of Texas was in North Korea's sights.

Three other US targets appeared to have clear strategic value: Washington DC, America's capital; California, its most populous state; and Hawaii, a key US military outpost in the Pacific.

Texans reacted with bemusement on learning that they, too, appeared to be in the line of Pyongyang's fire.

"Was it me?" asked Karl Rove, Mr Bush's former aide and fellow Texan.

The former president splits his time between a town house in Dallas and a ranch in Crawford, the location of which appeared closest to Mr Kim's projected missile path.

Some Texans, however, suggested the path, in fact, led 95 miles south to Austin, the state's capital, prompting speculation that Mr Kim had taken against the liberal enclave's young "hipster" population.

Kirk Watson, a state senator and former mayor of the city, described Mr Kim's threat as "the ultimate Austin-bashing legislation".

After Mr Kim was also pictured working at an Apple iMac computer, one local resident also suggested that as the "ultimate Apple fanboy", he planned to "nuke Dell", the PC giant, located nearby.

Questions were raised over how Mr Kim had obtained the computer, given that the US has a trade embargo with North Korea.

Apple warns buyers on its website that the export of its products to North Korea is "strictly prohibited". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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