August 9, 2017
Japanese officials say the country is collecting intelligence on North Korea’s nuclear program.
The nation plans to closely coordinate with the U.S. and South Korea, urging Pyongyang to comply with the U.N. Security Council resolutions.
One of the specific investigations Japan will be conducting aims to determine the validity of a report that says North Korea has successfully produced a miniature nuclear warhead which can fit inside its missiles.
Officials in Tokyo point to the U.S. as a vital ally amid Pyongyang’s provocation.
As the threat in Pyongyang escalates, Japan is also considering changes to the way it approaches defense.
Meanwhile, the governor of Guam is reassuring his people after North Korea threatens to carry out a missile strike on the U.S. territory.
In an online message Wednesday, Governor Eddie Calvo says he was told by both the DOD and DHS that changing the country’s threat level is unnecessary.
This despite growing threats by North Korea to strike the U.S. via Guam.
Calvo says North Korea’s warning is no threat, and the island is prepared for “any eventuality.”
He says Guam has defenses strategically placed to protect its people.
Pyongyang says it’s “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people, and a U.S. military base.