Japan Installs Extra Missile Defense After N Korea Threat to Guam

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Spotlight on what the US military does on Guam
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12 August, 2017

"Given that Japan's deterrence is enhanced by both [Japan's defense capability and the USA striking ability], we can't say that there is no possibility that the absence of the USA side's offensive power would constitute a situation threatening Japan's survival", Onodera said Thursday morning during off-session Diet deliberations at the House of Representatives' Committee on Security.

"If one of those options is a pre-emptive war on the Korean Peninsula launched by the USA, that would require authorization from Congress. Article I of the Constitution, in my view, makes this clear", Sullivan said.

One of the regulars is Gary Hartz.

As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to escalate, a southern IL woman worries about her family on the U.S. Island territory of Guam. "And then there are people who feel like our president has been exacerbating things too".

That's the estimated time taken from a launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in North Korea until impact on Guam, where residents seem resigned to the belief that their fate is out of their control.

Previous to this assessment, the Central Intelligence Agency believed that North Korean warheads did not have this capability.

The ship-based Aeigs system can protect against short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles during the midflight or terminal stages, and its powerful long-range radar can be used to help improve the accuracy of the Patriot or THAAD.

"When you're dealing with nuclear, you can't just deal with half, you have to get them all", said Tom Collina, director of policy at the Ploughshares Fund, which is focused on reducing nuclear weapons.

According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu.

The U.S. -made Patriot batteries aren't the only pieces of high-tech American military gear in Japan that will have its ears perked up.

Guam, with a 2016 population of nearly 163,000, has been fought over for centuries. The positions of warships are kept secret, but the United States and Japan could reposition its forces to defend the ocean close to Guam. "The U.S. came here because I think they wanted the land and they helped us out with the Japanese, because I think they wanted the land". "As you know, we reduced it by 5%, but I've decided I don't want that".

Still, a certain island calm prevails amid the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

"You see these very bad headlines that's terrifying and freaks everybody out", Wachtel said."The most rational of thinkers will read a headline and think they'll have to hide under a bed because the world is going to explode soon".

There is no sense fretting, she says, about a situation way beyond their control.


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