Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called North Korea’s threats, “a real and clear danger and threat,” to the United States of America. In response to North Korea’s most recent provocative acts and statements, the President ordered advanced anti-ballistic missile systems deployed to Guam in order to defend against North Korea’s threats.
“We are doing everything we can … to defuse that situation on the peninsula,” Hagel said after a speech at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.
“I hope the North will ratchet this very dangerous rhetoric down,” he said, adding that there is a pathway to peace but only if Pyongyang decides to be “a responsible member of the world community.”
Only hours before, North Korea blocked South Koreans from crossing the border to enter a jointly operated industrial park that employs more than 50,000 North Koreans, raising doubts about the future of the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.