Plans in place if North Korea strikes near Guam — Abella

12 Août, 2017, 12:36 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb

With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line. Hawaii is about 4,000 miles (6,500 km) to the east. Its proximity to China, Japan, the Philippines and the Korean Peninsula has long made the island an essential possession of the U.S. military.

Guam itself is equipped with its own THAAD missile system, which could intercept any missiles launched from Pyongyang toward the island.

North Korea announced Thursday that the nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets.

"My wife and I have a lot of feelings for Guam". The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S. -South Korea drills begin. That allows US commanders to quickly calculate the path of the missile and the estimated target point.

Bennett said North Korea would be hoping for the US to fail, but even if the missile defenses failed it wouldn't be a disaster. "There are several layers of ballistic missile defense".

But the trajectory of a Hwasong-12 aimed towards Guam could put the midcourse portion of its flight too far past the Sea of Japan, where the country's ships carrying SM-3s are usually stationed.

But Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at the Rand Corporation, told CNN it would ultimately be US President Donald Trump's decision whether to test their missile defenses.

Missile defence is an attractive but tricky strategy in dealing with missile threats.

Trump also said new sanctions on North Korea approved by the U.N. Security Council on Aug. 5 that could slash by a third the country's $3 billion annual export revenue probably would not be as effective as hoped.

At Mosa's Joint in Guam, island residents and military personnel fill up the bar for Thursday happy hour. But it is not designed to hit them as they climb into space.

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Les engins "voleront 17 minutes et 45 secondes sur une distance de 3.356,7 km, et s'écraseront en mer à 30 ou 40 km de Guam ". Guam , une île où vivent 162.000 habitants, est également équipé d'un bouclier anti-missiles THAAD.

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However, as customers sip on their coffee and grab lunch, Kim Jong Un's threat is what many are talking about.

"In those days you had to fly for 33 hours to get there - first to London, then Bangkok, then Manila and on to Guam".

Earlier this year , the White House proposed an additional $54 billion in military spending, which would represent a nearly 10 percent increase overall for defense to $603 billion. The air base was built in 1944, when the U.S. was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II.

The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base.

"I know my sisters, because they have children, are concerned. I think some failure is possible and perhaps expected, as they haven't yet been tested in fully operationally realistic conditions".

Moon said he wasn't offering unconditional co-operation.

In response to North Korean missile tests, the US military has tested its missile defense system in May, and multiple times in July, although they later admitted one had failed. "I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer", Merkel added.

"If it's going to happen it's going to happen", Loiue Joyce, a woman in her mid-20s, said of the North Korean threat, as she enjoyed a day of shopping.