Japan says it could shoot down NKorean missile

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times EDT):
1 a.m.
Japan says it could shoot down missiles for its U.S. ally if North Korea fires them at Guam.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told Thursday's parliamentary session that a missile attack on the U.S. territory would breach the U.S. deterrence against an attack on Japan. He said that would be a Japanese national emergency because it would threaten Japan's existence as a nation.
He said Japan in that case can exercise the right to "collective" self-defense and activate the Aegis destroyer ship-to-air missile defense system.
Onodera's comment underscores Japan's growing military role and reverses its previous position that it can only shoot down missiles headed to Japan.
A defense law that took effect last year allows Japan's military to defend U.S. and other allies when they come under enemy attack.
11:30 p.m.
North Korea has become the latest critic of President Donald Trump's working vacation, accusing him of acting senile while "on the golf links."
Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the North's strategic rocket forces, made the insults via state media Thursday in response to Trump's "fire and fury" threats against North Korea.
Trump made the remarks during a meeting at his New Jersey golf resort.
Kim said Trump is "extremely getting on the nerves" of his soldiers by making comments that showed his "senility" again.
Kim says "sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason who is going senile."
North Korea has unleashed personal attacks on past Washington and Seoul leaders. It called former President Barack Obama a monkey and ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.