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USA missile shield not certain to protect Guam from North Korea

USA missile shield not certain to protect Guam from North Korea

Defence officials on Guam say there is no imminent threat to people there or in the Northern Mariana Islands after North Korea said it was examining its plans for attacking the US-held Pacific island.

The base is one of two on the Pacific island, which are the closest bases on United States soil to North Korea, and represent the westernmost tip of the country's military might. "That brings him more in line with Mattis and with longstanding US policy, not to initiate hostilities but to respond with great force if attacked".

While it is around 1,500 miles further out from the Korean peninsula than its next closest base in Japan, it's "still strategic because of its location" and its ability to host long-range bombers.

North Korea's bold threat includes "several places they can stop or give up", Carlin said.

China's patience with North Korea, its onetime close ally, appears to be running thin: Beijing agreed to recent United Nations sanctions, despite potential losses to Chinese firms doing business with North Korea and fears over destabilizing the Pyongyang regime.

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The real danger of any preemptive US strikes against North Korea's weapons sites would be that Pyongyang, whose conventional forces are considered no match for those of the United States and its allies, might resort to using its chemical and biological weapons and ultimately its nuclear arsenal.

In his latest statement, on Thursday, he warned North Korea that "things will happen to them like they never thought possible" should the isolated country attack the United States or its allies. Protecting the island is the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which is used to shoot down ballistic missiles.

In that case, Onedera said that Japan could exercise the right to collective self-defense and intercept the missiles.

He added that the USA "routinely uses" Aegis-equipped warships around the island chain of the Marianas, of which Guam is the largest.

North Korea ramped up the rhetoric in a new statement issued Wednesday, sourced to a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA), which said a "preemptive strike is no longer the monopoly of the United States". Japan has also made a decision to put its military on the highest alert level following the North's threats.

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There are two major bases on Guam: Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south.

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota were deployed to Guam Tuesday. The bombers were joined by Japanese and South Korean aircraft during their mission. -South Korea exercises begin.

Pyongyang did not develop its nuclear capability to be the aggressor in a war with the U.S., says CNN Military Analyst Rick Francona.

"Since 2006, when North Korea first conducted its nuclear test, there wasn't this much response as people became immune to frequent missile launches and nuclear tests", said Yoon Hee-yeul, the chief executive of Combat Ration, based in the southeastern city of Daegu.

Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, told CNN a single ship equipped with Aegis could probably take out two missiles. For years now, we have learned to not take Pyongyang seriously when it lets loose with it colorful rhetorical barrages. Altogether, 7,000 US military personnel are stationed on Guam.

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