US Moving Missile-Defense System to Guam After N. Korea Threats
Pentagon to deploy advanced battery to protect military bases
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
In this 2010 photo provided by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor missile is launched during the system's first operational test in Hawaii.   (PRNewsFoto/Lockheed Martin)

(Newser) – North Korea's threats to hit US targets in the Pacific might well be hot air, but the Pentagon says it has no choice but to take them seriously. As a result, it plans to move a high-tech missile-defense system to Guam to protect military bases in the area, reports the BBC and Wall Street Journal. This will mark the first global deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, and it comes two years ahead of schedule.

The Pentagon describes it as a "precautionary move" and offered no details about when it might take place. It's no small feat: One THAAD battery costs $800 million and consists of interceptor missiles ($1 million apiece), a truck to launch them, and a sophisticated radar system to guide the way. "Some of the actions they've taken over the last few weeks, present a real and clear danger," US defense chief Chuck Hagel said today of Pyongyang.

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Apr 4, 2013 9:10 PM CDT
What in the hell is the matter with this North Korean kid for a leader you cant give this type of power to a cyco child this is insanity, he needs to be taken out of power with what ever means this has the potential to start something very heavy
Apr 4, 2013 7:56 PM CDT
I'm 42 and for as far back as I can remember I've repeatedly been hearing about this ass-backward country and its' totally sociopath, fuck-nutter leaders, especially about this third generation 29 YEAR OLD POTTY RING ON ASS NUTTER!!! I hope that he starts some shit, just like a juvenile who thinks he's invincible, so his country can FINALLY be turned into a molten glass crater and humanity can start advancing again! Next one on the list, PALESTINE/ISRAEL and then IRAN,PAKISTAN,and then AFGHANISTAN! I believe humanity and the planet has FINALLY reached an era where ALL THESE COUNTRIES have to either SHIT or GET OFF THE POT!!!! Mother Earth has given us her ultimatum,"Either you get your SHIT TOGETHER or I WILL"!!!! and She,unlike us, will be indiscriminate and TOTAL!!!
Apr 4, 2013 12:17 AM CDT
lol since that 'cannibal-rapist' Putin won't allow it in Europe, sure why not in Guam