Sea Platforms

Japan could invoke right to ‘collective self-defence' if Guam attacked

10 August 2017

Any missile attack by North Korea on the US territory of Guam in the western Pacific would breach the US deterrence against an attack on Japan, enabling Japan to exercise the right to ‘collective self-defence’, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on 10 August.

North Korea’s Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army on 9 August issued a statement saying that it is considering firing four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) simultaneously toward waters 30 to 40 km off Guam, effectively as a ‘show of force’ to the Trump administration. It said it would complete its plan by mid-August.

In response to the North Korean statement, Onodera said an attack on Guam would be considered a so-called ‘survived threatening situation’ in Japan, or a Japanese national emergency, because it would threaten Japan’s existence as a nation.

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