Action again North Korea's ballistic missiles a hard call for US

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Guam is also home to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system, which can knock out intermediate-range missiles as their approach the island.

In a recent message, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said, "Since North Korea is very close to crossing the red line, Seoul needs to ramp up all defence measures against North Korea's potential threat", said another Seoul city official who asked not to be identified by name. In a statement this week, Bordallo called North Korea's threat to target Guam "dangerous", saying she has discussed threats with Mattis and other defense leaders, who have "consistently reassured me that Guam is protected".

Some analysts expressed concern that the United States was not doing all it could to co- ordinate with Seoul, where Mr Trump has yet to nominate an ambassador.

BEDMINSTER, N.J./SEOUL (Aug 12): President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the US military was "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.

It left Lawless even more on edge.

South Korean stocks opened lower Friday as North Korea risks continued to weigh on the main index. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

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GETTYNuclear war Tension is building between the US and North Korea

On a tiny island in the western Pacific, about 7,000 US military personnel and their families are in the middle of the increasingly tense confrontation with North Korea.

"Do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you".

If North Korea launches missiles on Guam, it would take only about 14 minutes for the rockets to reach the United States territory, the island's Homeland Security spokeswoman announced. An air base with long-range bombers and a naval base that's home port for fast-attack submarines are among the most "strategically important" the US has in the Pacific, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Japan's ability to destroy North Korean missiles in its airspace as they are ascending has been called into question. It has limited self-government, with a popularly elected governor, small legislature, and non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

If any of the four long-range missiles successfully made it through U.S. defense, Mount said, it would be a huge victory for the rogue state. Earlier Wednesday, North Korean media said that a plan for such an attack would be drafted by mid-August. And within striking range of North Korean missiles.