Tokyo, Aug 12: Japan on Saturday deployed its missile defence system over North Korea’s threat to the United States Pacific territory Guam, according to the reports. Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have escalated as the war of words continue between the two countries, with President Donald Trump warning to Kim Jong-un that he “will truly regret” if he issues any hostile action or threat against Guam or any ally of Washington.
“This man will not get away with what he is doing. If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat … or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or an America ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast,” Donald Trump told reporters.
Japan’s defence ministry deployed its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima, and Kochi in western Japan after Pyongyang’s statement that its missiles’ flight path could go along Japanese territory.
Public broadcaster NHK said that it will also deploy the anti-missile system in neighbouring Ehime. As per the television footages, Japan’s military vehicles carried launchers and other equipment. Quoting defence ministry officials, Kyodo News said that the government hopes to complete deployment of the missile defence system by Saturday morning.
North Korea on Thursday warned that it was preparing four intermediate-range missiles (IRBM) launches towards the US territory of Guam, according to a state-media report.
“The Strategic Force of the KPA (Korean People’s Army) is seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 IRBMs in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the US,” the official KCNA news agency quoted General Kim Rak-Gyom as saying.
“The KPA Strategic Force will finally complete the plan until mid-August and report it to the commander-in-chief (Kim Jong-un) and wait for his order,” the General added.
On August 8, Donald Trump had warned that if North Korea does not stop threatening the US, it “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
With inputs from IANS.