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How the U.S. would detect, try to shoot down North Korean missile

How the U.S. would detect, try to shoot down North Korean missile

South Koreans are buying more gold and ready to eat meals, while the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defence drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension.

The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base.

The naval base dates to 1898, when the USA took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War.

He did not elaborate on Guam's defences but the island houses two USA 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.

The last time Guam feared a North Korean attack, in 2013, tensions eventually simmered down because then US President Barack Obama's administration avoided a verbal war with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the newspaper said.

The plan calls for sending 12 rockets over Japan to crash in the waters about 30 miles from Guam, which is 2,100 miles east of the Korean peninsula. After the attack, which North Korea has said it would take less than 18 minutes to reach the island, authorities advise Gambians to steer clear of areas marked "radiation hazard" or "HAZMAT" as well as all damaged areas.

Officials haven't raised the USA territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on USA military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.

An air base with long-range bombers and a naval base that's home port for fast-attack submarines are among the most "strategically important" the US has in the Pacific, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Kim's goal has always been to create a credible, long-range nuclear threat to the US mainland to deter the United States from obliterating his regime.




There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the USA military.

"I'm pro-military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy, according to the report.

Whether or not North Korea follows through with its threat, which is really just an announcement of the intention to create a plan to present to Kim, it has already dealt a severe blow to the US's credibility. The plan would be sent to leader Kim Jong Un for approval just before or as the U.S.

Calvo responded by saying he feels safe and confident with Trump's leadership: "I'm glad you're holding the helm, sir".

Meanwhile, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said during a session of parliament on August 10 that Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles before they reach Guam.

The SDF spokesman said the country's Aegis ballistic missile defense system was deployed in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, but would not give a specific location.

US allies Japan and South Korea quickly vowed a strong reaction if the North follows through.

The Defense Department owns about one-quarter of Guam's 212 square miles.

Most of North Korea's recent missile tests have landed in the Sea of Japan, which lies between Japan and the eastern coast of the Asian continent.