US Al­lies Warn N Korea Against Fir­ing Mis­siles To­ward Guam

North Korea out­lines plan to fire four of its Hwa­song-12 mis­siles at Guam by Mid-Aug

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Wash­ing­ton: South Korea and Ja­pan warned North Korea that it would face a strong re­sponse if it car­ried through with a threat to launch a mis­sile to­ward the US ter­ri­tory of Guam.

D e f e nc e Mi n i s t e r I t s u nor i On­odera said it would be le­gal for Ja­pan to in­ter­cept a mis­sile aimed at Guam. North Korea’s threats to strike around Guam pose a se­ri­ous chal­lenge, a spokesman at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told re­porters on Thurs­day.

“We give a strict warn­ing,” the spokesman said. “If North Korea com­mits provo­ca­tions de­spite our stern warn­ing, it will face a strong re­sponse from South Korea’s milit a r y a nd t he USSouth Korea al­liance.”

Later on Thurs­day, South Korea’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil took a softer tone, say­ing the door for di­a­logue re­mained open and it would take all pos­si­ble steps to ease tensions.

North Korea, re­spond­ing to U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s “fire and fury” warn­ing, out­lined a de­tailed plan to fire four Hwa­song-12 in­ter- me­di­ate-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles at Guam by mid-Au­gust. They would f ly over south­west­ern Ja­pan and land as close as 30 km from Guam, the Korean Cen­tral News Agency re­ported on Thurs­day.

South Korea’s Kospi in­dex fell as much as 1.2% as for­eign­ers sold shares, be­fore par­ing the drop to 0.4% at the close. The won weak­ened 0.6% against the dol­lar, touch­ing the low­est level in al­most a month. Hong Kong’s stock mar­ket saw heavy sell­ing, while the Topix in­dex in Tokyo closed lit­tle changed. The yen climbed 0.1%. More than 3,000 km south­east of North Korea, Guam is an im­por­tant strate­gic hub for the US mil­i­tary. It has air and naval bases, as well as mis­sile-de­fense launch­ers on the is­land.

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