South Korea tells North Korea to stop issuing threats

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption President Trump says North Korea will be in

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption President Trump says North Korea will be in"big big trouble if it acts against Guam

Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday that a missile attack on the US territory would breach the USA deterrence against an attack on Japan, which would be a national emergency because it threatens Japan's existence as a nation. Instead, different systems are created to intercept warheads at various stages.

The defence ministry started deploying the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan, which Pyongyang warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK said. It said a nuclear weapon will ensure a "balance of terror" and prevent Pyongyang from attacking the South.

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Lockheed's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is created to shoot down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. So far, the system has a ideal 14-out-of-14 record in tests since 2005. Protecting the island is a defense system capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. It is now operational in Romania, with another opening in Poland in 2018.

The island is also home to several unique species, such as the flightless koko bird, the damselfish and the Serianthes tree, according to the University of Guam. It's created to destroy ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionIt's not the first time North Korea has made threats against Guam
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt's not the first time North Korea has made threats against Guam

But so far tests have been spotty. 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. It was the 10th successful test in 18 attempts, but prior tests have failed, including two tests in 2010 that were carefully scripted with the dimensions, trajectory and speed as known factors. "Further, it increased our readiness and exercised our rights under worldwide law to fly legally in the place and time of our choosing", PACAF said.

It has a lot of other missiles too. It has limited self-government, with a popularly elected governor, small legislature, and non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As for a contingency plan, de Borja said it would be evacuation. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

"Though I don't want the temperature to get any higher, I think it's important also that there is clarity and that if there is an attack on any American soil including Guam, that it will be met with overwhelming response", Calvo told reporters on Friday. "The problem with boost phase is that you only have a few minutes (to react), so you have to be close by".

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