Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Doubts over Japan's ability to defend against missiles

Doubts over Japan's ability to defend against missiles

After North Korea's initial threat against Guam, the territory's Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros told CNN he was confident of their defense systems.

As Tracy reported earlier Friday on "CBS This Morning", President Trump has fanned the flames of the rhetorical battle with North Korea even as he appeals to China to solve the crisis diplomatically.

"The world has not faced this form of brinkmanship since the end of the Cold War".

North Korean's military said the plan involved four Hwasong-12 missiles, which would be aimed to come down "30 to 40 kilometers away from Guam".

Nuclear-armed North Korea mocked President Donald Trump as "bereft of reason" Thursday, raising the stakes in their stand-off with an unusually detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the United States territory of Guam.

"We're very concerned about the news but we've been given assurance by the local government primarily through Governor Eddie Calvo that he is working with the military to ensure that the safety of all the residents are the utmost priority", said Norman Analista, president of the Filipino Community of Guam. -South Korean military exercises end.

South Korea, which spends around a tenth of its annual budget on defense, is already home to some 625,000 local soldiers and more than 28,000 US troops.

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Japan's missile defences include sea and land components.

The government has chose to deploy missile interceptors along the possible path of North Korean ballistic missiles fired toward Guam after Pyongyang threatened the U.S. Pacific territory, Defense Ministry officials said Friday.

As tensions reach a fever pitch between the US and North Korea, with Pyongyang announcing its intentions to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam, the US Navy has continued to patrol and span the entire Pacific ocean with power and reach unparalleled on earth. "And we should be prepared too".

The commander of the North Korean army made more threats Wednesday night, saing they will have a plan to fire on Guam by the middle of this month.

Bennett said North Korea would be hoping for the USA to fail, but even if the missile defenses failed it wouldn't be a disaster. "The closer you get to that, you're stressing the performance of the system", he said.

However, he believes instead of worrying, Christians should be praying for the gospel to prevail in North Korea. "But if the North were to act, the USA would have to deploy far more to the peninsula and the region as quickly as possible".

"Now is the right time to actively look at bringing back tactical nuclear weapons", Chung Woo-taik, floor leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, told Reuters. "There are several layers of ballistic missile defense". "As a result, asking to do that for the first time, if it does, great", he said. The 21,600-pound GBU-43 bomb is one of the largest non-nuclear devices used in combat.

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