Japan deploys missile defence over N Korea threat to Guam

A young girl cleans steps as people bow before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang

Watch Room staff monitor news and updates and coordinate with agencies on local in an event of emergency Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 as Guam Homeland Security opens its 24-hour Watch Room operation in response to the threats from North Korea, in Hagatna, Guam. Local media, village mayors and social media would be used to disseminate information, she said. It's located 2,100 miles south of North Korea and 4,000 miles west of Hawaii. And if North Korea's missiles prove no match for US interceptors, Kim Jong Un might be chastened into thinking twice before conducting any more.

"Koreans used to be numb to North Korea's threats, however, it seems different this time, and people are taking it seriously", said Song Jong-gil, an official of Korea Gold Exchange 3M, wheresales of mini gold bars have surged five-fold since August 9.

"We always maintain a high state of readiness", Kuntz said.

Kuntz said that nothing has changed in terms of Joint Region Marianas' procedures when it comes to communications between the military and dependents. "North Korea raising tension (on the Peninsula) is a serious challenge against the South Korean-US alliance and the worldwide community".

During the Vietnam War, the Air Force sent 155 B-52 bombers to Guam to hit targets in Southeast Asia.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump doubled down on his statement that he would unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Pyongyang continued its threats, saying in a tweet that "military solutions" were "locked and loaded" for use against North Korea.

The drill coincides with the four-day "Ulji Freedom Guardian" military manoeuvres on August 21-24, which are held yearly and include joint exercises by the USA and South Korean armed forces, as well as drills for emergencies.

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"I don't think there's anything to worry about".

He did not elaborate on Guam's defences but the island houses two U.S. military installations, and is also armed with a sophisticated weapons system known as THAAD, which can destroy short, medium and intermediate-range missiles in their final phase of flight.

On Saturday, some of Japan's land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptors began arriving at Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) bases in three of the four prefectures any North Korean missiles would likely fly over en route to Guam. "If you're going to fire it at somebody, it's going to get shot down". But if the missiles aren't expected to hit the island - the stated goal is to have them hit waters well offshore - should it?

Despite North Korea's looming missile threat, it hasn't rattled many residents of Guam. Regardless of who was in the White House, he said, diplomacy failed.

All of Seoul's 25 districts will participate in the drill this year, Shim said, compared to just five last year.

The exercises were scheduled well before tensions began to rise over Trump's increasingly fiery rhetoric and North Korea's announcement of the missile plan, which if carried out would be its most provocative launch yet. Peterson said he reserves judgment, stating that everyone responds differently to a bully.

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