This statement was not dissimilar to his remarks earlier in the week following threats from North Korea that the county was preparing a plan to strike the USA territory of Guam.
If the U.S.is still trying to convince China to take significant action against the North Korean regime, however, Tracy says the Trump administration is using more stick than carrot.
While experts say North Korea may not follow through with the test, it's still an incredibly risky prospect, as Pyongyang intends to shoot four unreliable missiles just a few dozen miles off the coast of Guam, a United States territory where 7,000 military personnel and 160,000 civilians live.
The statement said the KPA would complete mid-August a plan for the attack, which would involve four rockets flying over Japan, and submit it to Kim Jong-Un for consideration as a "crucial warning to the US".
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The escalating threat arising from nuclear-armed North Korea's recent series of missile tests is prompting South Korea to beef up its military muscle and experts warn it could spur an arms buildup elsewhere in Northeast Asia.
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In that case, Onedera said that Japan could exercise the right to collective self-defense and intercept the missiles.
If the missiles make it past Japan and approach Guam, the THAAD system on the island would be able to pick them up and target them in their descent phase over the ocean.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, asked about the issue while traveling in Washington State on Thursday, told reporters, "do I have military options?" "The closer you get to that, you're stressing the performance of the system", he said.
If any of the four long-range missiles successfully made it through USA defense, Mount said, it would be a huge victory for the rogue state.
The cornerstone of his plan, however, is a call for the USA military to call off long-scheduled joint exercises with South Korea, like the one set to begin in just a couple weeks. Several Japanese warships also have the Aegis system.