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Japan deploys missile defence over N Korea threat to Guam

Japan deploys missile defence over N Korea threat to Guam

President Donald Trump tweeted that military solutions are "locked and loaded" as officials said Friday they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Pyongyang and Washington to sign up to a previously unveiled joint Russian-Chinese plan under which North Korea would freeze missile tests and the United States and South Korea would impose a moratorium on large-scale military exercises.

Guam has fired off an Imminent Missile Threat fact sheet in response to the apocalyptic threat from North Korea.

On North Korea's latest warning to hit Guam, South Korean government officials pointed out it was the first time Pyongyang has ever threatened to hit the American island while specifically mentioning the type of missile that would be used, but said the North was probably doing so to save face after the United Nations sanctions were passed. "We are with you a thousand percent".

Japan plans to deploy surface-to-air missiles at four sites to shoot down North Korean missiles that stray into Japanese territory from their intended target of waters around Guam. Amid the heated words, South Koreans are buying more ready-to-eat meals that could be used in an emergency and the government is going to expand nationwide civil defense drills planned for August 23.

The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028.

North Korea is actually capable of hitting Guam with its Hwasong-12.

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North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the an editorial Saturday.

Its military officials intend for them to land a little outside the 14-mile mark that is accepted as the limit of territorial waters, North Korean state media said, subject to Kim Jong-un's agreement. The exclamation came after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen". "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. Trump said he thought US allies South Korea and Japan were "very happy" with how he was handling the confrontation. They threatened USA, other countries, and they threaten Guam.

"Let her speak for Germany", Trump said, when asked about the comment.

Trump echoed that threat Thursday, insisting if North Korea took any steps to attack Guam, its leaders would have reason to be nervous.

But restraint was not the word of the day on Friday as Trump sent out a cascade of unscripted statements, including what appeared to be another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a US attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim.

"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer", Merkel added.