Japan Denounces N. Korea's Threat to Attack Guam

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2017

Unfortunately, analysts pointed out to the UK Telegraph that neither Japan's land-based Patriots or seaborne Aegis defense system is well-suited to destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles launched on high, arcing trajectories, as North Korea's new generation of Hwasong-12 rockets probably would be.

But Alaska leaders say they have full confidence in the military's ability to stop a North Korean missile headed toward the US, and they aren't planning additional public preparedness efforts in response. Worries have escalated nationwide as Trump offered sharp words for the North Korean leader's latest threat. "We have a ballistic missile defense review underway, but right now I am confident that we have what it takes to secure us against the North Korean threat and buy us some time until we can get the review done and come to you with a defensible sustainable ballistic missile defense buildup".

In a separate statement attached to the article, Postol, an expert in ballistic missile defense, stated that while existing ballistic missile defenses "will never work reliably", there is still time to develop a defense system with available US technology.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, said earlier this week that Tokyo "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea and the country's military, will "take necessary measures" to protect itself.

Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.

But Sullivan said the US needs "belts and suspenders" when it comes to missile defense - redundancy. The same system is now set up in Guam, a USA territory in the South Pacific that has emerged as a potential target for Kim.

Officials have long called into question the nation's missile defense system, and in particular whether it could actually shoot down a nuclear missile from North Korea. It is based in Alaska and California, and is not in a position to stop a missile flying that far south over the Pacific. If the United States or Japan successfully intercept the missile it could be taken as an act of war, prompting further military response.

"I will do my best to secure our people's lives and property", Abe said without elaboration.

Mr Trump has said he would respond to any such action with "fire and fury".

"They've been very focused on trying to bring in the Congress, the Senate", he said, noting a briefing several months ago of the full Senate on the administration's North Korea strategy.

The Senate Armed Services Committee authorized $9 billion for missile defense, while the House Defense Appropriations Committee approved $8.6 billion, according to CSIS.

Boeing's (BA) Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system is created to intercept ballistic missiles in midcourse flight.

Reports suggest that Kim Jong-un does have some form of nuclear bomb, but there is disagreement over whether the country has managed to make warheads small enough to fit on its missiles.

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