Japan deploys missile defence after North Korea threat to Guam

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 test launch
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KCNA  REUTERS

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 test launch Credit KCNA REUTERS

If US and Japanese interceptor missiles miss, and even one North Korean missile splashes down near Guam, missile defense has lost a huge amount of credibility and it looks like a big win for Pyongyang. Of course, the accuracy of North Korean missiles would be a queasy variable in the defense equation. The country, still technically at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty, has deployed the USA -built Patriot missile defense system, as well as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

Nuclear-armed North Korea mocked President Donald Trump as "bereft of reason" Thursday, raising the stakes in their stand-off with an unusually detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam.

Faced with North Korean threats to launch medium-range ballistic missiles over Japanese airspace and toward Guam in coming days, Japan is scrambling to move four Patriot missile defense batteries to its western shores, defense officials in Tokyo announced Friday.

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Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US. The administration has put the vast majority of its diplomatic efforts toward pressuring China to rein-in its wayward, and arguably unpersuadable, ally Kim Jong Un. "And we work very closely with allies to ensure that this is not unilateral either".

If the USA has two interceptors fired at each North Korean threat "the odds of success are good", said Elleman, who said the USA has a 96% chance of downing each individual missile.

"So is Kim Jong-un acting for the Chinese military using North Korea to push the United States and others out of the South China Seas and the Pacific?", they said.

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"If it doesn't, that means you might have some sort of software or system failure and better to find that out in peacetime rather than at war".

President Trump's "locked and loaded" remark on Friday - part of his ongoing exchange with the North Korean regime - might have set the world more on edge.

But even with its scattered assets across the Pacific, the USA is not on war footing towards North Korea.

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