Japanese coastal town evacuated as North Korea nuclear war fears mount

Saturday, August 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

Nervous residents of a Japanese coastal town held evacuation drills as they react to threats by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attack US Pacific territory of Guam.

Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Children playing football in the street and residents going about their daily business in Kotoura were forced to dive into shelters when a number of sirens started to wail.The town would be in the flight path of missiles fired from North Korea to Guam.Pyongyang sparked fears of a potential start to World War 3 this month when they claimed their despot leader had held meetings to consider a missile strike on the US Pacific territory.

President Donald Trump reacted by demonstrating he would retaliate with “fire and fury” and has weapons “locked and loaded” to counter any North Korean aggression.Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary General, warned that military strikes by North Korea would be “too horrific to contemplate” as the two states continues to lock horns.Kotoura youth football coach Akira Hamakawa, 38, told Reuters: “I’ve been concerned every day that something might fall or a missile could fall in an unexpected place due to North Korea’s missile capabilities.”

Nearly 130 people took part in the drill in the town of just 18,000 people. For ten minutes, frightened residents ducked down, covering their heads with their arms. Many taking part admitted to journalists that they were worried.In the past, North Korea has threatened to attack Japan, a strong eastern ally of the United States. To date, the country is still the only one on Earth to be struck with nuclear weapons.

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