Guam, United States (4E) – In response to war-like rhetoric and threats from North Korea, the United States is moving an advanced missile defense system in Guam.
North Korea has threatenied to attack Guam, a US territory and South Korea a US ally.
The US Department of Defense said it would deploy the ballistic Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (Thaad) in the coming weeks.
The Thaad system includes a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, and AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, together with an integrated fire control system.
The move of the system to Guam however is a defensive measure and not meant to further anger North Korea.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that North Korea is a “real and clear danger” to the US and its allies.
And in a further developments on Thursday, Pyongyang again blocked South Korean workers access to the Kaesong joint industrial zone..
According to State controlled media, the North Korean military 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.”
China, North Korea’s only powerful ally, said it had dispatched officials to hold talks with ambassadors from North Korea, South Korea and the US.