Missile incoming? Head underground, Guam tells residents

A young girl cleans steps as people bow before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang

Long used to living within the range of North Korea's artillery, people in the South have generally ignored its aggressiveness and series of nuclear and long-range missile tests. Its military officials intend for them to land a little outside the 14-mile mark that is accepted as the limit of territorial waters, North Korean state media said, subject to Kim Jong-un's agreement.

The people of Guam woke up Thursday to another pointed threat from Pyongyang, which vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August - adding a timeline to a threat from a day earlier that North Korea would create an "enveloping fire" around Guam.

Recent days have seen a significant escalation of tensions in the region as preparations are put in place for a possible launch in Guam, Japan and South Korea.

Carl Peterson, president of Money Resources Inc., serves on the Guam Chamber of Commerce's Armed Forces Committee, expressed confidence in the US military's defense capabilities.

"Lie flat on the ground and cover your head".

Carlin, as well as other North Korea experts on the call, agreed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would most likely decide against firing the missiles, as they're unreliable and present a large risk should they fail.

In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the USA "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK".

The now deployed radar of the US missile defense system THAAD only monitors missiles originating from the north, and South Korea's Green Pine radar warning system are not sufficient for tracking submarine-launched attacks at sea, according to the report.

"Sim Tack, a senior analyst for private intelligence firm Stratfor, said the Japanese batteries are designed for protecting the area where they are deployed, "(they are) not meant to shoot missiles out of the sky as they pass over Japan at high altitude". -South Korea drills begin. The annual exercises, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, are expected to run from August 21 to 31.

In Guam's capital Hagatna, residents were unruffled by Pyongyang's rhetoric.

But when US President Donald Trump said the US would respond to the next North Korean threat with "fire and fury unlike the world has ever seen", he did not demonstrate similar forethought.

The president insisted the North had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed". Trump said. He did not specify what they might be.

The White House says that Trump - in a phone call Friday to President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) - saluted Xi for China's United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea.

At a church in central Guam Sunday, parishioners sang "Lord, we pray for world peace" after discussing the potential North Korean threat.

Its population is mostly Roman Catholic and about a third are Chamorro, descendants of the indigenous people Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first encountered in 1521. We live on a small island.

But there's also some resentment about not being able to vote in the general election for US president. The island is also home to a large U.S. military presence, a fact that has led to tension with some local residents, particularly those of the indigenous Chamorro community.

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