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Guam and Japan are prepping for a possible North Korean missile launch


North Korea is preparing to fire four missiles toward the water surrounding the United States territory of Guam in the next few days, CNN reported.

Commander of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army Gen Kim Raky Gyom released a statement last week and said around mid-August he plans to fire "four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets ... to signal a crucial warning to the U.S."

As tensions continue to rise between North Korea and the U.S., Guam's Joint Information Center sent out a warning Saturday for residents to prepare "for an imminent missile threat."

"Do not look at the flash or fireball -- it can blind you," the note said, according to CNN. "Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit."

And on the same day, missile interceptors began arriving in Japan at Japanese Self Defense Forces bases where North Korean missiles would likely fly en route to Guam.

An SDF spokesperson said the missiles were there "just in case."

On Monday, South Korean president Moon Jae-in is scheduled to meet U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, CNN reported.

And while Dunford is in the area, he is also scheduled to meet with officials in Japan and China.

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