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U.S. to deploy missile defense to Guam over N. Korea threats

By Lolita C. Baldor

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:51 p.m. HST, Apr 03, 2013

WASHINGTON » In the face of escalating threats from North Korea, the Pentagon said today it will deploy a missile defense system to Guam to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region's protections against a possible attack.

The delivery of the missile shield system comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel labeled North Korea's recent rhetoric as a real, clear danger and threat to the U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies. The Pentagon chief said the U.S. is doing all it can to defuse the situation.

Deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System is the latest step the U.S. has taken to bolster forces in the region in a far-reaching show of force aimed at countering the North Korean threat.

The Pentagon already has sent dispatched bombers, stealth fighters and ships.

Tensions have escalated between North and South Korea in recent weeks. The communist North has vowed to increase production of nuclear weapons materials, and threatened a pre-emptive strike against the U.S.

Hagel told an audience at the National Defense University that there is a path to peace on the troubled Korean peninsula, but it doesn't include making nuclear threats or taking provocative actions.

The land-based missile defense system includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles, and an integrated fire control system. The Pentagon said the system will boost defenses for American citizens in Guam, a U.S. territory, and U.S. forces stationed there.

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allie wrote:
what a mess
on April 3,2013 | 10:35AM
pandadaddy wrote:
You think it's a mess now, wait til they push their luck too far.
on April 3,2013 | 05:24PM
serious wrote:
I think it's a good idea, but the threat, of course, is from China. And while they are about it, if they have some spare parts, put them in Hawaii.
on April 3,2013 | 10:49AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Wait....is that a fat guy in North Korea?
on April 3,2013 | 11:05AM
false wrote:
Yeah the guy with the white walls. Needs a new barber.
on April 3,2013 | 11:57AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Let's see....

So far, Kim spent about $476.98 making threats and videos.

In response, the US has spent $350 million. Who is winning?

on April 3,2013 | 11:39AM
false wrote:
Its the final score that will really count.
on April 3,2013 | 11:53AM
pcman wrote:
IRT Maneki,you ever heard of suicide by cop? Kim Jong Un is trying to perform suicide by idiocy. One shot at the DZ by alowest soldier of either side can escalate to some big booms from the US. Young Kim is too naive to realize that could happen. If that ever happens, we had better to be prepared to escalate to the max in a short time.
on April 3,2013 | 03:10PM
false wrote:
Kim Jong Un is in deep kimchee. He has put himself in a very interesting position. Whoever his advisors are could be setting him up for failure. His strong threat will lose him credibility. He has backed himself into a corner. On the other hand if he should do something stupid like troop movement over the DMZ his country faces looking like a crater and many will surly die in vain.
on April 3,2013 | 11:52AM
false wrote:
THis photo was actually taken at the North Korea annual kimchee festival. As a government practice the president and high ranking officials get fist dibs.
on April 3,2013 | 11:58AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
They said we are deploying a THAADS system to Guam over the course of the coming weeks. Why does that sound like it may be a day late and a dollar short?
on April 3,2013 | 12:12PM
localguy wrote:
Maneki_Neko - Re read the article. No where does it say coming weeks. It says today. Perhaps by C5A Galaxy aircraft, flying the system in.
on April 3,2013 | 12:30PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
No, the report in the Star Ad is an excerpted story. Try check any major paper and you'll find the reference. Here is the actual line from Wall Street Journal:

On Wednesday the Pentagon announced the THAAD would deploy in the coming weeks as a "precautionary move." Officials didn't say when it would be operational. Here is the Reuters News release: In the latest move, the Pentagon said it was deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to Guam in the coming weeks.

I guess the Star Ad didn't think that little bit of news was important to know.

on April 3,2013 | 01:04PM
loquaciousone wrote:
News? Is that what the SA is supposed to be reporting:?
on April 3,2013 | 01:13PM
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