Japan Installs Extra Missile Defense After N Korea Threat to Guam

Japan Installs Extra Missile Defense After N Korea Threat to Guam

Japan Installs Extra Missile Defense After N Korea Threat to Guam

It would also extend to installation of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, now deployed in South Korea, or a US PAC-3 Patriot System, used in Israel.

Japan has deployed missile interceptor batteries along the path that North Korean ballistic missiles would travel if Pyongyang follows through on its threat to launch four toward the US Pacific territory of Guam.

The Yomiuri ShimbunDefense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday that if North Korea fires missiles near the US territory of Guam where the United States has military bases, the action could constitute a "survival-threatening situation" enabling Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense.

Japan said on Saturday it has installed anti-missile systems in several parts of the country following North Korea's threat to launch four ballistic missiles towards the American island of Guam.

The two-page factsheet advising Guamanians on how to prepare for a missile strike from North Korea tells citizens to "take cover as quickly as you can" if an attack warning is issued, and, if caught outside, to "not look at the flash or fireball". The prime minister was in Yamaguchi during the current Obon holiday to visit his father's grave. Aegis destroyers are equipped to intercept missiles in the middle of their trajectory while the land-based Patriot PAC-3 system is created to destroy them as they descend towards their targets.

Tokyo has deployed Aegis ships in the Sea of Japan, and is on alert 24 hours sharing information with the United States.