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U.S. to deploy ballistic defense system in Guam in wake of N. Korea threats.

| WASHINGTON, April 3 (KUNA) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced here Wednesday that it will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THD) - a ballistic missile defense system - to Guam Island in western Pacific Ocean in the coming weeks "as a precautionary move to strengthen our regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat." The Pentagon said in a statement that the THD system is "a land-based missile defense system that includes a truck-mounted launcher, a complement of interceptor missiles, an AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, and an integrated fire control system." "This deployment will strengthen defense capabilities for American citizens in the U.S. Territory of Guam and U.S. forces stationed there," it stressed. The statement noted that the U.S. "continues to urge the North Korean leadership to cease provocative threats and choose the path of peace by complying with its international obligations." "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 Pentagon affirmed. (pickup previous) KUNA 032313 Apr 13NNNN

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Date:Apr 3, 2013
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