Japan establishes missile defences in Tokyo after North Korea threatens to attack Guam

Nick Reilly
A PAC-3 Patriot missile unit is seen deployed in the compound of Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (Picture: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Japan has established missile defence systems in the centre of Tokyo after North Korea threatened to fire rockets over the country towards Guam.

New photos show how a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit has been moved to a compound at the Defence Ministry after government officials threatened to shoot down North Korean rockets if they fly over Tokyo.

Japan has also reportedly seen an increase in sales of bomb shelters as tensions continue to mount, while neighbours in South Korea are said to be keeping calm as they are used to the regular threats issued by North Korea.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has threatened a trike on Guam (Picture: KCNA via Reuters)

Defence minister Itsunori Onodera has also said a strike on Guam would be considered a Japanese national emergency – and claimed that Japan would be willing to retaliate with strikes.

The rising tensions come after President Trump issued one of his boldest threats to North Korea so far – and claimed that they ran the risk of facing “fire and fury like the word has never seen”.

It later emerged that his key aides were reportedly unaware of his plans for the tough remarks, which were made during a press conference that was originally called to discuss America’s opioid epidemic.

According to the New York Times,  while the President’s aides expected him to address the nuclear threat posed by the secretive hermit state, they did not anticipate the severity of his rhetoric.


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Hours after the threat, North Korean news agency KCNA claimed that the shadowy hermit state was considering the possibility of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Guam.