How the US Would Stop Missiles Headed to Guam

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

North Korea said this week it was examining a plan of a ballistic missile strike near Guam, which hosts several USA military bases.

An article in The New York Times lays out theoretical US and Japanese defenses-while Washington and Japan have the tools to intercept the missile, there are many variables involved in shooting down a missile warhead streaking over the Pacific at thousands of miles an hour.

Japan's anti-missile defence operation system deploys the navy's Aegis to bring down airborne missiles while the PAC-3 system is used to counter the projectiles evading these interceptors.

"Being on the front line of the threat from North Korea, along with our brothers and sisters in Guam, I place my full faith and trust in our president to make the appropriate decisions for the security and protection of our nation", Torres said in a statement.

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile interceptors were deployed in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures, which North Korea said its missiles could cross over, as well as Ehime which is located between Hiroshima and Kochi.

North Korea on Thursday warned that it was preparing four intermediate-range missiles (IRBM) launches towards the U.S. territory of Guam, according to a state-media report. They are stationed in densely populated areas and do not cover the three said prefectures.

Japan's defence system comprises two stages - the first stage is based on ship-launched Standard Missile-3 (or SM-3) interceptors and the second stage includes the ground-based Patriot missiles.

"It's very important to maintain U.S. deterrent power as the security situation in the region is extremely severe", he added.

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