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
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.