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U.S. to send missile defences to Guam over North Korea threat

Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 01:08

April 4 - The United States announces it will send a missile defense system to Guam to defend the Pacific Ocean island from North Korea, as the U.S. military adjusts to what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a ''real and clear danger'' from Pyongyang. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The U.S. island territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The latest battleground in the war of words between the U.S. and North Korea. On Wednesday the Pentagon announced it will deploy a ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks. It's in response to threats from Pyongyang of a nuclear strike on the U.S., including missile attacks on its Pacific bases on the island. The U.S. missile defense system headed for Guam would include tracking radar and interceptor missiles. Hours after the announcement from the Pentagon, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the North had moved what appeared to be a mid-range missile to its east coast. It's believed to have a reach long enough to put all of South Korea and Japan in range, and possibly Guam as well. Pyongyang has threatened such nuclear strike on the U.S. before. It's not clear if the North plans to fire the rocket it has moved to its east coast, or is simply putting it on display as a show of force.

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U.S. to send missile defences to Guam over North Korea threat

Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 01:08