“If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat … or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or an America ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast”, Donald Trump told reporters.
“The Air Self-Defense Force was likely to deploy the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures, which North Korea said the missiles might cross over, as well as Ehime”, the officials reportedly said, according to the Japan Times.
However, to implement a full-scale military operation, Washington needs to have units with nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and nuclear-powered submarines deployed in the seas surrounding the Korean Peninsula, in addition to the USA forces stationed in Japan.
The Japanese government said the action was taken to prepare for the possibility that, should North Korea fire the missiles, they fail as they cross over Japan.
The GSDF bases in those prefectures were selected because the North Korean missiles are expected to fly over them to reach Guam.
The surface-to-air missile defence systems were deployed in four prefectures of western Japan after North Korea said it is “seriously examining” a plan to simultaneously fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles in an “enveloping strike at Guam”.
“The KPA Strategic Force will finally complete the plan until mid-August and report it to the commander-in-chief (Kim Jong-un) and wait for his order”, the General added.
The tweet came after Trump told reporters that Pyongyang should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything to the USA, adding that his previous “fire and fury” warning may not have been tough enough.