South Korea, Japan warn N.Korea on Guam missile attack

An A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft readies for takeoff at a US air base in Osan, South Korea, 10 Aug 2017. (EPA photo)

TOKYO -- South Korea and Japan warned North Korea that it would face a strong response if it carried through with a threat to launch a missile toward the US territory of Guam.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said it would be legal for Japan to intercept a missile aimed at Guam. North Korea’s threats to strike around Guam pose a serious challenge, a spokesman at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters on Thursday.

“We give a strict warning,” the spokesman said. “If North Korea commits provocations despite our stern warning, it will face a strong response from South Korea’s military and the US-South Korea alliance.”

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