The United States is likely to "seriously consider" shooting down any North Korean missiles tests aimed at the waters around the U.S. territory of Guam, but experts warn the technology isn't guaranteed to work.
In a recent message, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said, "Since North Korea is very close to crossing the red line, Seoul needs to ramp up all defence measures against North Korea's potential threat", said another Seoul city official who asked not to be identified by name. North Korea is responding to the president's statement saying it is seriously examining a plan to strike Guam with a ballistic missile. That allows USA commanders to quickly calculate the path of the missile and the estimated target point.
Related: Why is North Korea threatening Guam? "And even people who make cell phones, who have substantially more testing than THAAD does, sometimes have cell phones burn up", he said.
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. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.
"Do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you", the guidelines stated.
Trump told reporters gathered in New Jersey on Friday that Jong-un "will regret it fast" if he "utters one threat in the form of an overt threat ... or does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally". Japan's defense official said that Tokyo would invoke its right to collective self-defense if North Korean missiles are judged to be an existential threat to Japan.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt's not the first time North Korea has made threats against Guam
In response to the threat, Japan said that it could intercept North Korean missiles if they are judged an existential threat to Japan.
Guam is home to two military bases housing more than 6,000 Americans. He added that Kim Jong Un should "take heed of the" U.N.'s security council, which believes North Korea "poses a threat to global security and stability".
If any of the four long-range missiles successfully made it through USA defense, Mount said, it would be a huge victory for the rogue state.
Bennett said North Korea would be hoping for the United States to fail, but even if the missile defenses failed it wouldn't be a disaster.
Last month, Seoul offered Red Cross talks to discuss reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, but the North has kept mum toward the proposal.
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