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Japan deploys missile defence over N Korea threat to Guam

Japan deploys missile defence over N Korea threat to Guam

Watch Room staff monitor news and updates and coordinate with agencies on local in an event of emergency Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 as Guam Homeland Security opens its 24-hour Watch Room operation in response to the threats from North Korea, in Hagatna, Guam.

Speaking live on state television at a forum for Russian students, Lavrov encouraged Pyongyang and Washington to sign up to a joint Russian-Chinese plan, under which North Korea would freeze its missile tests and the United States and South Korea would impose a moratorium on large-scale military exercises.

The US island territory's Office of Civil Defence began distributing fact sheets, Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat, on Friday, to help people prepare for an attack.

Guam residents should take cover from a North Korean missile attack quickly, in a concrete structure, preferably underground - and stay there until told otherwise, a survival guide advises.

With North Korea threatening to send a salvo of ballistic missiles close to Guam, a US military hub in the Pacific, pressure could grow for Washington to put its multibillion-dollar missile defense system into use and shoot them out of the air.

"Do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you".

Guam authorities also add that staying inside is vital, as there could be radioactive material outside.

"Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to you hair".

People who are caught outside are advised to remove their clothing and get clean as soon as possible, take a shower with "lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination".

North Korea parades ballistic missiles across Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on April 15.

For decades, Guam has been a critical asset for the USA military, housing 6,000 troops and strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.