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North Korea threats: US to move missiles to Guam

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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North Korea threats: US to move missiles to Guam

Chuck Hagel: North Korea's actions "present a real and clear danger"

The US has announced it is moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as North Korea steps up its warlike rhetoric.

The latest statement from Pyongyang "formally informs" the Pentagon it has "ratified" a possible nuclear strike.

North Korea has threatened to target the US and South Korea in recent weeks.

Its latest statement came amid warnings from US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel that North Korea is a "real and clear danger" to the US and its allies.

The US Department of Defense said on Wednesday it would deploy the ballistic Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (Thaad) in the coming weeks.

Should we be worried? The Korean crisis - in 90 seconds

The Thaad system includes a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, and AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, together with an integrated fire control system.

The Pentagon said the missile system would be moved to Guam, a US territory with a significant US military presence, as a "precautionary move to strengthen our regional defence posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat".

"The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and stands ready to defend US territory, our allies, and our national interests," the Pentagon added.

The US had already planned to send a Thaad system to Guam, but not under these circumstances, analysts say.

Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Group, told the BBC that the Pentagon's decision to speed up the transfer underlines how seriously Washington is taking Pyongyang's threats, but it should be viewed as a purely defensive move, not an escalation.

He said the Thaad system would only protect Guam and the surrounding area, and would not cover South Korea or Japan.

Timeline: Korean tensions

  • 12 Dec: North launches a rocket, claiming to have put a satellite into orbit
  • 12 Feb: North conducts underground nuclear test
  • 11 Mar: US-South Korea annual military drills begin
  • 19 Mar: US flies B-52 bombers over South
  • 27 Mar: North cuts military hotline with South
  • 28 Mar: US flies B-2 stealth bombers over South
  • 30 Mar: North says it is entering a "state of war" with South
  • 2 Apr: North says it is restarting Yongbyon reactor

Also on Wednesday, a statement carried by the official North Korean news agency said: "We formally inform the White House and Pentagon that the ever-escalating US hostile policy towards the DPRK [North Korea] and its reckless nuclear threat will be smashed by the strong will of all the united service personnel and people and cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means of the DPRK and that the merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified."

It warned war could break out on the Korean peninsula as early as "today or tomorrow".

The BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Seoul says few observers believe North Korea has rockets or miniaturised weapons that could hit the US mainland.

Pyongyang could be seeking to pressure Washington to open fresh talks, hoping for a formal peace treaty, he adds.

In recent weeks, North Korea has mentioned military bases in the US territory of Guam and the US state of Hawaii as possible targets.

"As they have ratcheted up her bellicose, dangerous rhetoric, and some of the actions they've taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger," said Mr Hagel, in his first major speech on Wednesday since taking up his post.

He added that Pyongyang had also threatened the interests of South Korea and Japan.

The North has apparently been angered by UN sanctions imposed after a recent nuclear test. Pyongyang has escalated its rhetoric amid the current round of US-South Korea military drills.

The US has recently made a series of high-profile flights of stealth fighters and nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea.

Officials have also confirmed that the USS John McCain, a destroyer capable of intercepting missiles, has been positioned off the Korean peninsula.

A second destroyer, the USS Decatur, has been sent to the region.

Investigative journalist John Sweeney says North Korea has been "cursed with the worst government in the world"

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry called recent North Korean actions "dangerous" and "reckless".

China, the North's only powerful ally, said it had despatched officials on Tuesday to hold talks with ambassadors from North Korea, South Korea and the US.

The Pentagon's announcement comes hours after North Korea closed a border crossing that allowed South Koreans to work at a jointly run industrial park - the first time such action has been taken since 2009.

The border into the Kaesong industrial zone is the last functioning crossing between the two Koreas, and the complex is the last significant symbol of co-operation.

Kaesong is a key revenue source for North Korea. It has not indicated how long the entry ban will last

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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 7:49 AM

This is going to get hairy....

Love2BaMom77
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Awwwwwwwww man I miss Guam!!!!  :-(  Yeah its only taken this long for some one to decide that the N. Korean government is crazy and doesn't care who they attack.  Apparently some folks just don't learn a damn thing from history. 

mustbeGRACE
by Silver Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Too bad we have an idiot in the White house.

survivorinohio
by Rene on Apr. 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM


Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Too bad we have an idiot in the White house.

Yea, thats the problem *eyeroll*

What president would you want in the White House right now and what would they do?

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


JanuaryBaby06
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

This is getting pretty scary. CUrrently i think N.Korea is just blowing steam but if he feels like he is being seen a joke (which is how many see that country) he will act. Well IMO anyway.

needadvice1983
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I'm not one to usually worry about stuff like this (I know. Stupid) But this is really starting to worry me. I live in California. DH and I have been talking worst case scenarios and we are going to start buying more water and canned foods just in case. If nothing happens then hey we are stocked up on stuff we can eat regaurdless. I'm not so concerned about missiles making it to where I am, but I'm more worried that maybe they have people over here already just waiting for the go ahead to do something on our own soil (like 9/11). 

jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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I'm not overly worried about this but I'm extremely curious to see how this will play out.

Eventually, the fat kid running the joint will have to back down once he's accomplished whatever it is he's trying to do - show the generals he's a warrior?  Get more food aid?  Stir up national fervor?

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM
This situation could get bad very fast.
jcrew6
by Jenney on Apr. 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Remember those asshat in the Obama Admin who believed Kim-Jong-Un was "making steps in the right direction"?  Almost a year ago, I believe....

simplegirl2321
by New Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I know two people in South Korea right now and they both said that the American media is blowing the whole thing out of proportion and that no one over there is even worried about it.

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