The US will deploy a missile- defense system to Guam in coming weeks as a “precautionary move” against North Korea’s ballistic missile threat. This deployment will strengthen defense capabilities for American citizens in the U.S. territory of Guam and U.S. forces stationed there.
The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense program, or Thaad, that is being deployed is a land-based system made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) that uses truck-mounted launchers to intercept missiles. The decision to send it to Guam is the latest U.S. military response to North Korea’s heightened rhetoric. Two Navy destroyers were deployed to the western Pacific this week. The United States continues to urge the North Korean leadership to cease provocative threats and choose the path of peace by complying with its international obligations. US stated that North Korea presents a “real and clear danger” to the U.S. and allies in the region. The U.S. is taking the threat seriously and is engaged in joint exercises with South Korea as well as working with China to ask its help in defusing the situation.