US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Hagel labeled North Korea’s rhetoric as a real, clear danger and threat to the U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies. He said the U.S. is doing all it can to defuse the situation, echoing comments a day earlier by Secretary of State John Kerry. AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department said it was deploying a missile defense shield to the territory of Guam in the Pacific to protect the U.S. and its allies in the region in response to North Korea’s increasingly hostile talk. The North renewed its threat to launch a nuclear attack on the United States.

The threat issued by the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army capped a week of psychological warfare and military moves by both sides that have rattled the region.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced it will deploy a high-altitude missile defense system to Guam to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region’s protections against a possible attack.

Pyongyang, for its part, said America’s ever-escalating hostile policy toward North Korea “will be smashed” by the North’s nuclear strike and the “merciless operation” of its armed forces.

“The U.S. had better ponder over the prevailing grave situation,” said the translated statement, which was issued before the Pentagon announced plans to send a missile defense shield to Guam.

The Pentagon had no immediate reaction to the latest statement, but earlier Wednesday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel labeled North Korea’s rhetoric as a real, clear danger and threat to the U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies. And he said the U.S. is doing all it can to defuse the situation, echoing comments a day earlier by Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Some of the actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger and threat to the interests, certainly of our allies, starting with South Korea and Japan and also the threats that the North Koreans have leveled directly at the United States regarding our base in Guam, threatened Hawaii, threatened the West Coast of the United States,” said Hagel.

He said he believes that the U.S. has had a “measured, responsible, serious responses to those threats.”

Deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System is the latest step the U.S. has taken to bolster forces in the region in a far-reaching show of force aimed at countering the North Korean threat.

The Pentagon already has sent dispatched bombers, stealth fighters and ships.

Tensions have escalated between North and South Korea in recent weeks. The communist North has vowed to increase production of nuclear weapons materials, and threatened a pre-emptive strike against the U.S.

Hagel told an audience at the National Defense University that there is a path to peace on the troubled Korean peninsula, but it doesn’t include making nuclear threats or taking provocative actions.

The land-based missile defense system includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles, and an integrated fire control system. The Pentagon said the system will boost defenses for American citizens in Guam, a U.S. territory, and U.S. forces stationed there.

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  • joshmale2004

    China maybe cursing now at NK for opening the door for the mighty USA to move its highly advanced war machines in Asia. This deployments will now have double purpose. To counter NK threats and monitor chinese’s own expansionism program in Asia and against its Asian neighbors. For sure, with this window opening, USA will take utmost advantage of the situation to increase its military presence in Asia.

    • $18209031

      As such this will drain the US economy . They are in defense cuts right now and with increasing threats in Korean Peninsula and to their 30 000 troops on the ground, that is not going to be easy. The constant state of readiness will take its toll. The expenses will be staggering. Of course, the SK s must take the first dibs in defending SK as its their homeland. US A will have to ask the SK s to defray the cost as it isnt cheap.

      China is not even ramping up to the NK ‘ support. They are focused on Japland , the issue of Diaoyu .

      • joshmale2004

        Yes. You are correct. But I think between the choice of their security and very existence, they will endure and adapt to the difficulties they will face in the event of war to protect their security and existence.

    • $26149191

      You’re 120% correct. The China’s official with small penis cursing each other how to control NK.

  • Albert Einstien

    NUCLEAR CAPABILITY is equivalent to RESPECT & INDEPENDENCE…..without it there is ONLY PERPETUAL SLAVERY & SURRENDER….that’s what the US & UK prevented marcos to pursue..marcos during 70’s already have successful MISSILE SYSTEM PROGRAMS.( Sta. Barbara Missile Project of Ferdinand Marcos ) ..and already programmed the NUCLEAR capability of our country but they STOPPED him..that is why UNTIL now we are a slave nation & no actual independence..we cant even protect ourselves from territory & resource grabbing malaysia & china…

    IMMINENT, CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER……………now they are NATIONAL SECURITY
    RISKs…….POSTPONE the BALIKATAN EXERCISE till next year…..be SAFE
    than DEAD……RP will be …wiped-out in a COLLATERAL nuclear ATTACK
    by NK nuclear attacks on US warships in our territories & internal
    waters……US warships & submarines are NUCLEAR attack
    MAGNETS….mauuna pa tayo MATUTUNAW kesa guam, hawaii & US
    mainland..kung sila nga nagPAPANIC..tayo na saling pusa lang..

    WALA tayong AWAY sa NK kaya di dapat tayo madamay…….US warships
    can come back and play in SCS after NK threat is NO MORE…. : >)

    • $18209031

      NKs see us as former enemies for our participation in the UN forces. They can lobbed some conventional warhead down Subic just to scare us from what i see it. NK has plenty of mountainous terrain and bunker complexes to hide their heavy guns and rockets in preparation for this moment. These NKs have prepared closed to 60 yrs to make war. The reason why they are not afraid and very bellicose for thats what they have aimed for. They believed in reuniting the two Koreas ( dream of their great leader after WW 2). They are no match to SK US superior forces but they can still deliver a big truckload of hurt.

      • Albert Einstien

        that ‘s the problem with our relations with US…one sided as always….they abandoned us when we need them against china & malaysia intrussion on our territories… but they ALWAYS put us in the battle frontlines of their personal wars….yet our govts are INUTILE and dont even know how to say NOT this TIME my one sided valued friend… : > )

      • $26149191

        60 years???? Make it 100 years to make it plausible. Your whims doesn’t end here. Until China will disintegrate.

  • Simplify1

    The Israeli Dome missile defense program is not far behind the US technology. The GAZA terrorists rained hundreds of crude rockets into Israel who was able to block 80% of those rockets…. resulting in just a few deaths…. In the case of NK, their rockets are not by all means as crude as those used against israel… The US missile defense system has not yet been tested in actual combat unlike the Dome defense system… bottom line, even if only 5% of the missiles released by NK will actually hit US targets, thousands of americans will die,,,, A counter attack may prevent additional US deaths and kill millions of NKs, but the damage has been done with the americans who will die in a NK first strike!!

    • Concur_Dissent

      In 1967, Egypt had the largest military force amongst all arabs… At that time they were trying to bully Israel and consistently threatened to wipe the jews from the face of the earth…. Israel made a pre-emptive attack on Egypt and its allies and bombed them to submission in just 7 days….Since that time, Egypt has not fully recovered militarily, socially and economically…. What resulted was a tame and diplomatic Egypt….

      Fast forward 2013…. The NK leaders have to be deposed and their capabilityto wage war against their neighbors should be neutralized… perhaps we would be able to see a quiter NK after the leaders have been deposed…

      • $18209031

        It is going to happen. The NK s know full well they are next on the line to be elimnated just like Iraq in 2003. The reason why they are in high gear to acquire nuke capability. Pres Bush Jr had said of long ago about the Axis of Evil. This is not a surprise as we see the US withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistand moving to the Asia Pacific Rim. China is seeing this as a clash and containment of its domain. China is preparing its military for the inevitable. But Chinese planners are more wiser . Many believe, the Chinese will avoid conflict with the USA in the near future by moving towards the Middle East and AFrica for space.

        Just like water, if the beach is getting crowded, then you will try to find some beach thats uncrowded so you can enjoy the peace and serenity. That is what China may resort. Let the USA come to Asia and Pacific and reestablish its dominance as they wish . And China will have to move to avoid confrontation.

      • Albert Einstien

        with china mindset they will not abandon their domain..they will stay & they will WALL it with NUCLEAR GREAT WALL of ASIA…then expand… : > )

      • Simplify1

        The question really is not “will this happen”, rather, it should be “when will this happen”… before or after a few hundred thousand american and allied country lives shall have perished? Dapat before, di ba?

      • $26149191

        Your mother China don’t know what to do. He created the monster that cannot be controlled. Like you!!!!wtf

  • ernesto

    same mind china and NK are both run by idiot leaders,they are all communist

  • Fred Cua

    Teka teka…wala namang langis sa korean peninsula ah. Bakit ganun na lang ka importante ang peninsula sa US? Mabuti pa sa Iran na lang sila lumipat, then balik sila Iraq.

  • farmerpo

    Take the kid for a walk. Awatin na sa computer games baka makasakit pa. It is not too hard with the current advances in tracking technology. I am almost certain, the Americans manning their personnel tracking system see the kid even when he goes to the bathroom.
    KISS, keep the collateral damage to the minimum and get the two Koreas united.

  • joboni96

    imperialist u.s.
    is the threat

    u.s. deadlier weapons in the korean peninsula

  • kapatad

    bakit di pa kaya magtirahan ang N.korea at US. Para matesting ang capability ng kanilang mga produkto.

  • $44479964

    By having military ties with the US, this country might be one of the targets of NK.

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