A friendly conversation between the President and the Governor – supporting one another.
Guam is a United States territory in the Western Pacific Ocean. It passed from Spain to the USA in accordance with the Treaty of Paris following the Spanish-American War. Guam was of strategic importance during both the World Wars. The Japanese occupied Guam for almost three years, until recaptured by the United States in August of 1944. Guam was also important militarily during the Vietnam War, the site of Andersen AFB.
Guam is a little more than 2,000 miles from North Korea.
It was heartening to read that Japan has made an official statement that they will support the United States and Guam militarily if North Korea should launch a missile towards Guam, or any other US territory. Being as close as they are to NK, Japan is naturally quite concerned.
Japan would retaliate against North Korea if Pyongyang launched a missile attack on the United States, Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said. Nakatani said Sunday Japan would defend the U.S. because a North Korea missile attack would likely result in serious damage.
Nakatani’s remarks were expected to provoke a strong response from North Korea. They came as Washington and Tokyo have revised their defense guidelines to allow Japan to expand its role globally to help U.S. forces in military crises.
South Korea defense observers called Nakatani’s vow to avenge the U.S. rare. “South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are supposed to share information on Pyongyang’s possible missile launches under their trilateral arrangement for military intelligence,” one South Korean defense leader told the Korea Times. “Japan needs to seek prior approval before launching an attack against Pyongyang as such an attack would have a great impact on the Korean Peninsula.”
Japan has long had a difficult relationship with Kim Jon Un’s North Korea. “Since the succession of Kim Jong-un, Tokyo has put greater emphasis on ensuring it is prepared militarily for a more unpredictable North Korea, and strengthened its support for UN Security Council sanctions on North Korean proliferation,” the Council on Foreign Relations has noted.
Japan’s government is preparing to position Patriot Advanced Capability missile defense batteries along the route of a possible North Korean missile strike on Guam, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The US and Japan cooperate closely on defense, and Japanese ships support the US’s Aegis missile defense systems at sea and on land.
Together, the US and Japan could field a potent mix of missile defenses that an expert told Business Insider would have a .96 probability of knocking down a single North Korean missile.
Australia, a long-time US ally, has stated that it will invoke a mutual defense if the US is attacked by North Korea.
“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States,” Malcolm Turnbull, told 3AW, an Australian radio station.
“So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked,” Turnbull said, referencing a US-Australian mutual defense treaty.
But in North Korea’s corner, its main trading partner and treaty ally China, has sent a signal that it won’t risk backing Pyongyang.
Although it does not speak directly for the Chinese government, the state-run Global Times is strictly censored to contain no commentary that the Chinese Communist Party disagrees with. On Friday, the newspaper ran an editorial saying “China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral.”