Amid Tensions, Ellsworth Bombers Fly Near North Korea

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Its proximity to China, Japan, the Philippines and the Korean Peninsula has long made the island an essential possession of the US military.

"As a result all major USA markets closed lower for the first time in over two weeks, and this weakness unsurprisingly has spilled over into Asia markets as well, as geopolitical tensions prompt some nervousness, particularly since North Korea's state media suggested that they examining the prospect of a missile strike near the U.S. base in Guam". In July alone, that unit conducted missions that spanned from Guam to the East and South China Seas, Korean Peninsula and down to Australia.

The tiny USA territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

"North Korea has always threatened other countries".

Altogether, 7,000 US military personnel are stationed on Guam. "It's a propaganda, that's how I feel", he said but added that the military offered an extra reassurance. In a climate where parental rights of LGBT people are constantly questioned and denied, particularly when it comes to adoption, as of this May, Guam's Department of Public Health and Social Services has decided that a parent's a parent, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy.

During the Vietnam War, the Air Force sent 155 B-52 bombers to Guam to hit targets in Southeast Asia.

But there's also some resentment about not being able to vote in the general election for USA president.

Currency markets focused on the US producer price index data due later in the session. A huge red, white and blue ribbon is outside the airport terminal.

Some posters lament the lack of knowledge about Guam on the part of most US residents. "They have said that America will be defended". Now, this doesn't seem novel, but as of August 2015, when Bill 102-33 unanimously passed, Guam's legislature is one of the most supportive of LGBT people. Hawaii is about 4,000 miles (6,500 km) to the west.

The dollar's weakness in early Tokyo trading also stemmed from a report of North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency that the country is carefully considering making missile strikes on areas around the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, market sources said.

In August previous year, the North's Foreign Ministry warned that all US military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military.

His comments came hours after revelations Kim Jong-un led nation has successfully created a miniaturized nuclear weapon designed to fit inside its missiles. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher in Honolulu and Jocelyn Gecker in San Francisco contributed reporting.



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