US sends missile defence to Guam on N. Korea ‘threat’ 03 Apr 2013 The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was sending an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cited a “real and clear” danger from North Korea. North Korea has singled out U.S. military bases in Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, and Hawaii among its potential targets in threats in recent weeks that have put the Korean peninsula on edge and triggered a change in the U.S. defense posture and missile defense planning. “Some of the actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks, present a real and clear danger,” Hagel told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington.
US deploys second destroyer closer to North Korea coast 02 Apr 2013 The United States says it has deployed a second guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean Peninsula as tensions mount with North Korea. On Monday, US defense officials said that the USS John McCain was being positioned to operate off the Korean Peninsula. On Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman George Little said the McCain had arrived at a “pre-determined location” in the western Pacific. Little also said that the USS Decatur, another destroyer, had also been deployed in the western Pacific “to perform a missile defense mission as assigned by our combatant commander.”
US Navy shifts destroyer to waters off Korean peninsula 01 Apr 2013 The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean peninsula in the wake of ongoing rhetoric from North Korea, U.S. defense officials said. The USS McCain is capable of intercepting and destroying a missile, should North Korea decide to fire one off, the officials said. Still, U.S. defense officials insist that there is nothing to indicate that North Korea is on the verge of another launch.
U.S. Navy moving radar platform closer to North Korea’s coast, Pentagon says 01 Apr 2013 The U.S. Navy is moving a warship and a sea-based radar platform closer to the North Korean coast in order to monitor that country’s military moves, including possible new missile launches, a Defense Department official said Monday. The decision to move at least one ship and the oil rig-like SBX-1 are the first of what may be other naval deployments, CNN has learned. The United States has bolstered the exercises with shows of force that included overflights by nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers, massive Cold War-era B-52s and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters.