The Department of Defense (DOD) announced Wednesday it will deploy a ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks.
The precautionary move is in response to the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat, according to a DOD news release.
The THAAD system to be deployed to Guam is a land-based missile defense system that includes a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, tracking radar and an integrated fire control system.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) release stated, "The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and stands ready to defend U.S. territory, our allies, and our national interests."
The missile defense deployment will strengthen defense capabilities for American citizens in the U.S. Territory of Guam and U.S. forces stationed there, according to the DOD.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says North Korea's recent rhetoric presents a real, clear danger and threat to the U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies and says America is doing all it can to defuse the situation.
Hagel's comments come as tensions continue to rise between North and South Korea, triggering a show of military strength by the U.S. in the surrounding skies and waters.
North Korea vowed Tuesday to increase production of nuclear weapons materials, and it has threatened a pre-emptive strike against the U.S.
The U.S. has dispatched bombers, stealth fighters and ships to the region.
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