How the USA would detect, try to shoot down North Korean missile

How the USA would detect, try to shoot down North Korean missile

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency accused Trump earlier of "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war".

Former defense secretary under Bill Clinton, William Perry, similarly called Trump's apparent threat of first use of nuclear weapons against North Korea "a risky departure from historical precedent", saying that the current crisis called for "measured language".

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"Hopefully it'll all work out", Trump said. "I accept that characterization of the efforts of the United States over the last two decades". -South Korea drills begin. North Korea shot back on Friday by suggesting the new president spends too much time playing golf.

"I hope that they're going to fully understand the gravity", Trump said. "What they've been doing, what they've been getting away with, is a tragedy and it can't be allowed".

Mr Trump responded by vowing to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged and the North then threatened to lob missiles near Guam, a tiny U.S. territory some 2,000 miles from Pyongyang.

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Tension in the region has risen since the North staged two nuclear bomb tests a year ago and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July in defiance of world powers.

"But of course if North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously bad consequences will follow, and there's no point ducking that inevitable effect", he said, promising Australian military support for the United States if it was attacked.

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Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the USA mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict. Robert Carlin, former chief of the Northeast Asia Division at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, characterised it more as posturing than a threat to actually strike Guam even with conventional weapons, which would likely lead to a significant military response from the US.

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Trump declared yesterday that the US military was "locked and loaded should North Korea act unwisely". None is a quick, certain remedy, but Malinowski argues that we should recall the Cold War, when "the spread of democratic ideas and culture, aided by people-to-people ties and communications technologies, and our principled insistence on respect for human rights" were critical to victory. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

"North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble", Trump said, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence.

On Thursday 10 August, the Chinese state-run Global Times said: "If North Korea launches missiles that threaten USA soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral".

According to Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), a non-profit organization dedicated to generate public support for missile defense systems in the United State, Guam is covered by a USA missile defense system deployed permanently by the Defense Department at Andersen Air Force Base, which includes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and the AN/TPY-2 radar system.

Guam, a tropical island more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people.

Asked if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

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