President Donald Trump ordered his military to shoot down any North Korean missiles fired towards the United States, according to a report. This follows an incident in August after North Korea threatened to fire one of its ballistic missiles towards Guam, a United States territory.
This threat is said to have provoked Trump, according to reports fromTrump’s security team as told to Newsmax. North Korea issued the threat last month, prompting for a reaction by Trump.
According to intelligence gathered by South Korea, North Korea has moved one of its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to a coastal position, leading to speculations that they may fire this missile. Analysts believe that North Korea may fire the ICBM into the Pacific Ocean and even towards Japan.
Apart from ordering a shoot down of any missiles that might be fired at the U.S. territory of Guam, the president has also put into consideration a shoot down order for any missiles fired toward Japan or South Korea, according to reports by Newsmax.
The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said, “This is a clear exercise of self-defense, and there’s no question we should do it.” He also added that South Korea and Japan “are in jeopardy” and that the United States must take steps to offer any protection that they may need as part of United Nations treaty responsibilities.
The president’s order comes as a confirmation of his August warning against North Korea stating that if the threats continue, they “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
As a response to the increased threats, Trump has been in discussions with France and Japan over the phone The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and Trump emphasized the need for a “united and firm” reaction towards Pyongyang from the international community.
Macron said North Korea’s “repeated provocations” were a “threat to peace and international security,” adding that France has expressed its solidarity with Japan concerning the threats.
According to experts, the Pyongyang government is almost achieving its goal of developing nuclear weapons similar to those of the United States, something that Trump has promised to prevent. This year alone, North Korea has fired over 14 missiles to the rage of the United Nations.