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Trump ramps up Guam assurances over N. Korea threat

Trump ramps up Guam assurances over N. Korea threat Trump ramps up Guam assurances over N. Korea threat
Parmenio Sano | 14 Agosto, 2017, 16:08

The US island territory's Office of Civil Defence began distributing fact sheets, Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat, on Friday, to help people prepare for an attack. These launches, according to North Korea, are meant to contain USA forces in the Asia-Pacific region. Those are the only two military options that ought to be in serious consideration'.

Governor Eddie Calvo describes his island to those who don't know it as a "mini Hawaii" and puts the chances of a direct missile hit at a million-to-one because of the multi layers of Pacific defences, the last being those on Guam itself.

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US.

The US military has a huge footprint across south-east Asia and the Pacific, particularly in Japan and South Korea.

It is home to multiple U.S. Navy and Air Force bases.

The country will also accelerate efforts to revise a ballistic missile agreement with the U.S.to increase its missile range, while deploying the four additional launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The tiny USA territory of Guam came under the worldwide spotlight after North Korea said Wednesday that it's studying whether to launch a missile test toward the island.

North Korean military on Thursday said it would prepare a plan by mid-August to strike Guam, a United States island territory in the Western Pacific, with intermediate missiles.


Even before the latest spike in tensions, South Korea was seeking to enhance its missile-defense capabilities in the face of the unprecedented pace of North Korean missile tests.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command headquartered in Colorado makes the determination whether the missile poses a threat to the continental US.

On Wednesday, North Korea responded by saying it was considering striking Andersen AFB on Guam with missiles.

The president called the Republican governor on August 11, to reassure him of support after an increasingly acrimonious exchange between the United States and North Korea, according to The New York Times. "North Korea broke the denuclearisation agreement a long time ago".

One senior military officer, who has been involved in discussion of the strike and the possible North Korean response, says the B-1 has also been selected because it has the added benefit of not being able to carry nuclear weapons.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan's government considers North Korea's plans of a preemptive missile strike as a provocation.

Rather, Seoul wants to double the maximum payload to 1,000 kg or greater, powerful enough to target underground bunkers or nuclear sites within the North, the officials said. The bombers have been deployed during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.

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