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The U.S. To Send Anti-Missile Defense System To Guam In Response To North Korean Threat

Danielle Tarasiuk |
April 3, 2013 | 2:47 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

A North Korean Soldier stands guard (Wikimedia Commons)
A North Korean Soldier stands guard (Wikimedia Commons)
In response to North Korea’s recent threats to U.S. military bases in the Pacific, The United States will send an advanced anti-missile defense system to Guam, The Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday. 

The anti-missile defense system called The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a relatively new system that destroys incoming short, medium and intermediate-range missiles by colliding into them in the air. The Washington Post reported that THAAD has a range of about 120 miles and “was designed as one element in an integrated defense system that includes the Aegis missile for long-range threats and the short-range Patriot missile.”

The only two batteries for THAAD, which were produced by Lockheed Martin, are located at Fort Bliss, Tex.

In a statement release by The Pentagon the new anti-missile defense system is expected to arrive in Guam “in the coming weeks as a precautionary move to strengthen our regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat.”

The announcement was made after North Korea said on Tuesday that it would ban South Korean workers from entering a joint industrial complex. North Korea also on Tuesday said that it would restart a nuclear reactor. 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that North Korea’s actions pose a very real threat to United States allies, South Korea and Japan. 


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