Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

As North Plans Missile Launch, US, S. Korea Ready War Games

As North Plans Missile Launch, US, S. Korea Ready War Games

Trying to follow the latest steps in the tension between the United States and North Korea?

July 27: North Korea threatens to "annihilate" America with a missile strike. North Korea has been at odds with the United States since the US backed South Korea during the Korean War.

The US now has some 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.

Under a treaty signed between China and the North back in 1961, China is obliged to defend North Korea in the event of an attack. And if North Korea's missiles prove no match for USA interceptors, Kim Jong Un might be chastened into thinking twice before conducting any more. South Korea can't attack because they risk losing thousands or millions of lives in a North Korean response.

As announced by North Korea, which added detail to a plan first unveiled on Wednesday, the planned path of the missiles would cross some of the world's busiest sea and air traffic routes. North Korea has been increasingly sensitive to the exercises lately because they reportedly include training for "decapitation strikes" to kill Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants. Its regime wants to survive. "Some number of which can reach the United States".

He did not elaborate on Guam's defences but the island houses two U.S. military installations, and is also armed with a sophisticated weapons system known as THAAD, which can destroy short, medium and intermediate-range missiles in their final phase of flight.

Are we headed to war?

However, military experts have expressed doubt over whether Japan could shoot it down. That a tenth the power of many warheads in the US arsenal, which depend on nuclear fusion to create a far larger thermonuclear explosion. "[Although] In this kind of brinksmanship, the potential for miscalculation is high".

"I'm pretty confident that the USA will protect us". Spain's colonial rule continued until the USA took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The two countries own approximately 93 percent of the world's nuclear warheads, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

How far has North Korea gotten in its nuclear effort?

North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles at waters off the coast of Guam earlier this week in an escalating war of words between the country and President Trump.

What does Guam have to do with it?

Tourists frolic along the Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a US Pacific Territory.

On a tiny island in the western Pacific, about 7,000 USA military personnel and their families are in the middle of the increasingly tense confrontation with North Korea.

Here's a closer look at Guam and its role in the USA and North Korea's ongoing war of words. Guam officially became a USA territory in 1950 and was put under the administration of the Department of the Navy.

South Korea, which fought a war with the North that ended in a stalemate in 1953, is highly technologically advanced and analysts estimate it could develop an atomic device within months of deciding to do so.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently warned that if North Korea used those weapons, it "would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes".

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