WASHINGTON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. commander in charge of forces in the Asia Pacific region said Tuesday that if the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launches a missile in the near future, he would recommend U.S. forces shoot it down when U.S. homeland, forward-deployed forces and allies were threatened.
At a Senate hearing, Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said if it was "in defense of the homeland... and if it was defense of our allies," he would recommend U.S. forces shoot down DPRK missile, if the country launches one.
"I believe we have a credible ability to defend the homeland, to defend Hawaii, defend Guam, to defend our forward-deployed forces and defend our allies," said Locklear.
However, Locklear rejected the idea to shoot down a DPRK missile regardless of whether it poses a threat or what the intended target is, saying he "would not recommend that."
As tensions on the Korean Peninsula continues to rise, the U.S. military has moved many missile-defense capabilities into the region, such as Aegis guided-missile destroyers USS John McCain and USS Decatur. A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System ( THAAD) will also be deployed to Guam.
U.S. warns DPRK against additional nuke test
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Monday warned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) not to undertake another nuclear test or missile launch.
"Any future nuclear test or missile launch would be in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and would lead to further pressure and isolation," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said at a regular news briefing. Full story
DPRK asks foreigners in South Korea to consider evacuation
PYONGYANG, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday asked foreigners living in South Korea to consider evacuation, the official KCNA news agency reported.
A spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee called on all foreign organizations, companies and tourists in South Korea to prepare measures for evacuation in case of war. Full story