Faced with North Korean threats to launch medium-range ballistic missiles over Japanese airspace and toward Guam in coming days, Japan is scrambling to move four Patriot missile defense batteries to its western shores, defense officials in Tokyo announced Friday.
North Korea says it is in the final stages of preparing a plan to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan and into waters off the tiny island of Guam, where about 7,000 USA troops are based and 160,000 US civilians live.
Trump told reporters from the clubhouse of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before”. Pyongyang has laid out plans to strike near the US territory of Guam.
“The U.S. has maintained a regular bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific since 2004 and this mission demonstrated our continued ironclad commitment to regional allies”.
In an interview with CNN Philippines’ News Night Thursday, Philippine Consul General in Guam Marciano de Borja reiterated plans are in place should North Korea’s make good on its threat to fire missiles at the island nation.
Mount suggested an attempt to shoot down the missile might be exactly what Kim Jong Un wants, as missing even one projectile would be an embarrassment for the United States military. Japan seized it for about 2? years during World War II.
The officials told NBC that the attack would originate from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. “Some people [say], ‘We just want our peace, our island groove that we’ve always have.’ There are other people who are just sick and exhausted of the threats from North Korea because there sure have been many over the years”.
Guam is a relatively isolated island known for little more than its US military port. In 1950, an act of Congress made it an unincorporated organized territory of the United States.
Along with the USA personnel on the island, there are about 7,100 of their family members as well as 6,700 civilian Defense Department workers and their dependents, according to Logan. President William McKinley ordered Guam to be ruled by the U.S. Navy.
About 40 percent of Guam’s residents are Chamorros, the name for the native people. Located on the northeast side of the island, the Air Force base retains a fleet of B52 bombers and fighter jets. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro.
The naval base dates to 1898, when the USA took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War.
Spain ceded Guam to the U.S.in 1898, but the Japanese seized the island in 1941.