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Japan deploys missile defence over North Korea threat to Guam

Press Corp. on Aug. 14 2017 shows Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Vincent K. Brooks commander of the Combined Forces Command speaking to reporters over North Korea's Japan deploys missile defence over North Korea threat to Guam
Parmenio Sano | 14 Agosto, 2017, 20:47

Like other USA territories, Guam has a sometimes complicated relationship with the US mainland but many across the island say despite the threats and concerns they feel reassured and protected by the military - especially in times of tense, geopolitical sparring.

For now, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is right in allaying fears over the possible effects on the country of Pyongyang's plan to direct is four Hwasong-12 missiles at Guam, which is located some 2,414 kilometers from Manila.

After North Korea's second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 28, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a speedy deployment of the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, reversing his earlier decision to postpone it pending an environmental review.

A notice put out by Guam's Joint Information Center Saturday warned residents how to prepare "for an imminent missile threat".

It warned: "Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you".

North Korea has bragged about its missile capabilities, and experts say they could hit cities like Denver and Chicago.

Evaluating, modernizing, and expanding US missile infrastructure across the Pacific at sites like those like the Reagan Missile Defense Site is a way for the administration to show its commitment to Pacific preeminence and expanding USA military scope in the Pacific.

Pyongyang identified three of those areas - Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures - in its statement last week. "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens". He did not elaborate. Another option is Aegis Ashore, a naval tracking and missile defense system that has been converted to a land defense battery.

For the U.S. to be more specific on how it plans to counter the bluster coming from the North Korean leader would make Trump the bad guy and Kim the bullied one. One of the main reasons for the marine redeployment was a sense that the U.S. military in South Korea and Japan were increasingly vulnerable to missile attack and so it was better to get more distance by relocating to Guam.

There are a little over 160,000 people who live in Guam.

Guam is a launching point for USA strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by U.S. bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening. -South Korea military exercises as a prelude for an invasion. It is customary in South Korea that officials not give out their names. "But I don't think they can do something in reality", said Wie Ah-rae.


The multiday trip has been long scheduled and is not related to recent developments in North Korea, although that will be part of the talks.

On Thursday, the USA military launched another exercise in the region, teaming up with its Japanese counterparts.

The next few weeks are critical to this deepening crisis, with annual "Ulchi-Freedom Guardian" war games set to start up on August 21, involving tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops.

Nonetheless, others liken the threats to nothing more than saber-rattling.

This week President Donald Trump joined in the war of words with North Korea in ways that critics say could escalate the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula. In violation of that agreement as well as U.N. Security Council resolutions, North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests. And the readouts said that, basically, President Xi stuck to China's line, which is to say, North Korea, the United States, just cool it.

The Defense Intelligence Agency concluded in a recent report that Pyongyang has succeeded at producing a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, so Kim's threat to menace USA territory with nuclear-capable missiles is now considerably more credible than it was even six months ago.

Governor Eddie Calvo said Guam had experienced a Japanese invasion in World War II and countless earthquakes and super-typhoons, and there was no United States community better prepared to meet the North Korean threat.

Trump called the governor of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo.

In 2013 I embedded with Guam Battalion in Afghanistan, finding their casualty rate was 450 per cent above America's national average.

"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village.

Guam was claimed by Spain in 1565 and became a USA territory in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

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