DoD to deploy THAAD to Guam

The U.S. Department of Defense will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the next few weeks as a precautionary measure.

Pentagon officials announced the move on Wednesday as an effort to strengthen the regional defense posture against the threat of regional ballistic missiles from North Korea.

The THAAD system is a land-based missile defense system that includes an integrated fire control system, an AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, a complement of interceptor missiles and a truck-mounted launcher. The system will strengthen defense capabilities for American citizens in the U.S. territory of Guam and the U.S. forces that are stationed there.

The U.S. is continuing to urge the leadership of North Korea to stop making provocative threats and choose a peaceful path by complying with its international obligations. The U.S. remains vigilant in face of the provocations and is ready to defend U.S. territory, national interests and its allies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has threatened to launch missiles at Guam, Hawaii and the western United States, in addition to the South Korean capital of Seoul. Kim also announced the restarting of a nuclear plant to produce more weapons-grade uranium and plutonium and that he was rescinding the armistice North Korea signed with the United Nations in 1953 that ended Korean Peninsula hostilities.

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