Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

Japan has adopted a more assertive position, warning yesterday that a North Korean missile fired at Guam would represent a threat to the country's "existence as a nation", and that Tokyo had the right to shoot it down.

North Korean missiles can reach the continental United States.

President Donald Trump on Friday again delivered a bold warning to North Korea, tweeting that the USA military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely", escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

North Korea's aggressive remarks have raised alarm, as a possible missile strike will affect Filipinos living in the region. But a series of events over the past couple of months has led to an escalation in threats by both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. It would be up to Kim whether the move is actually carried out.

August 8: Trump responds by saying North Korea will be met with "fire and fury".

Trying to follow the latest steps in the tension between the United States and North Korea? Since Seoul and other large cities are only 30 miles from the border, North Korea can immediately inflict tremendous loss of life on South Korea if it's ever attacked. Hawaii is about 4,000 miles (6,500 km) to the east.

Japan will reportedly discuss the issue with the US during a meeting of foreign and defense ministers of the two nations set for next week.

The information on the fact sheet was gathered from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, a Guam Homeland Security spokeswoman told the Pacific Daily News. During World War II, brown tree snakes somehow slithered their way onto the island.

What's the status of the US nuclear arsenal? Residents do not pay USA income taxes or vote in the general election for US president. Spain's colonial rule continued until the US took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base.

Guam's global airport was abuzz on Thursday with inbound tourists pushing trolleys loaded with suitcases, some of the 10,000-15,000 visitors on the island on any given day.

Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the US mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict.

A drumbeat of threats by North Korea over the years has fostered a sense of resilience among the island's 162,000 inhabitants, whose lives are deeply intertwined with the U.S. military, which has 6,000 troops based there.

Such threats are why the Americans are on Guam to begin with. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro.

Spain claimed Guam in 1565, more than 40 years after Ferdinand Magellan landed on the island. The air base was built in 1944, when the USA was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II.

The U.S. -made Patriot batteries aren't the only pieces of high-tech American military gear in Japan that will have its ears perked up. As a result, Guam's economy relies heavily on the U.S. Armed Forces, which owns a third of the island.

A key United States military stronghold, Guam was the departure point for US B-52 bombers that attacked Hanoi during the 1955-1975 Vietnam war. It did so to compensate for USA forces diverted from other bases in the Asia-Pacific region to fight in the Middle East.

According to the recent press report, which remains unverified by NPR, North Korea could have up to 60 nuclear weapons.

Lockheed's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is created to shoot down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase. It's created to destroy ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.



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