Japan prepares to intercept stray missiles from N. Korea

Guam governor: Fake social media post claims North Korea attack imminent

Guam governor: Fake social media post claims North Korea attack imminent

"Our office will be notified from the military and will utilize all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public".

"If you hear the sirens, tune into local media - radio, print, television - for further instructions", the spokeswoman added.

It's located 2,100 miles south of North Korea and 4,000 miles west of Hawaii. The plan could be sent to leader Kim Jong Un for approval within a week or so. Along with a bigger set of maneuvers held every spring, the exercises are routinely met by strong condemnation and threats of countermeasures from North Korea.

"We always maintain a high state of readiness", Kuntz said. The Navy and Air Force fall under Joint Region Marianas command.

South Korea, which spends around a tenth of its annual budget on defense, is already home to some 625,000 local soldiers and more than 28,000 USA troops.

Meanwhile, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said during a session of parliament on August 10 that Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles before they reach Guam. Washington's vast military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces.

Two days after North Korea laid out its plans to strike near Guam with unsettling specificity, there was no observable march toward combat, despite the angry rhetoric from both sides.

The tiny US territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island. She said, "I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for".

This week, the U.S. Defence Department said it was "actively" considering revising bilateral ballistic missile guidelines with South Korea to allow Seoul to build more powerful missiles - at the South's request.

While immediate confirmation of the reports was not available, Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.

"So unless those North Korean missiles were to fall short, the Patriots shouldn't have a function to serve in this particular case", he said. "If you're going to fire it at somebody, it's going to get shot down".

North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles at waters off the coast of Guam earlier this week in an escalating war of words between the country and President Trump.

The last time Guam feared a North Korean attack, in 2013, tensions eventually simmered down because then US President Barack Obama's administration avoided a verbal war with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the newspaper said.

"Nobody really deserves to be caught in the middle of these games", said Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, an activist who campaigns for a lowered military presence. "North Korea broke the denuclearisation agreement a long time ago". Peterson said he reserves judgment, stating that everyone responds differently to a bully.

Washington has previously said it will consider talks with Pyongyang if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons program, a pre-condition North Korean officials have described as a non-starter. "The DPRK should cease any consideration of action that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

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