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11 Agosto 2017, 04:31 | Crisanna Felipe
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly made the country's nuclear arms programme a priority
Guam's governor on Thursday said the USA territory was "well-equipped" to handle any North Korean strike thanks to robust infrastructure that had survived earthquakes and typhoons, after Pyongyang released a detailed plan to launch missiles towards the island.
Coffman stresses however North Korea has flown into waters near major countries before - most notably Japan. When the US military flew B-1 bombers over South Korea in a show of force last month after a North Korean ballistic missile test, the bombers took off from Guam.
Pyongyang's threats to launch four missile strikes near the USA territory has stirred global curiosity in the remote Pacific destination, with it trending heavily on search engines as social media users wondered, "What is Guam?"
"The rhetoric and actions from North Korea during this period of tension don't mark a significant departure from past periods of tension in my view".
A missile that analysts believe could be the North Korean Hwasong-12 is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in April. It would be up to Kim whether the move is actually carried out. But global alarm escalated as President Donald Trump dug in on threats of military action. North Korea should not rashly think that it can get away with this kind of behavior. It's located 2,100 miles south of North Korea and 4,000 miles west of Hawaii.
US forces on the island were not immediately available for comment. Things that would indicated increased risk include growing US military deployments to the region or a North Korean satellite launch, for example; on the other hand, indicators of reduced risk include evidence of unofficial talks or signs of smaller-scale or delayed joint U.S.
Guamanians have served in all major US wars since World War II and see military service as a source of pride. That's a statement. He's not going to go around threatening Guam and he's not going to threaten the United States and he's not going to threaten Japan, and he's not going to threaten South Korea.
But there's also some resentment about not being able to vote in the general election for US president. Residents do not pay USA income taxes or vote in the general election for US president.
The U.S. uses the island for war games and joint exercises. During the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of US soldiers were stationed on Guam.
"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village. "HSA George Charfauros reminds us there are several levels to defense, all strategically placed to protect our island and our nation".
The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 USA military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.
About 163,000 people live on the island. Guam residents are expressing a mix of concern and fear. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro.
"We're told to keep calm and that we're well-protected, but the reality is we could be here today and gone tomorrow", she said.
"Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the USA because of the military", she said.
However, as customers sip on their coffee and grab lunch, Kim Jong Un's threat is what many are talking about.
Bombers, fighters and other aircraft fly out of Andersen. Altogether, 7,000 USA military personnel are stationed on Guam. CBN's Middle East Bureau says the region is now working to restore the sea.
Eleven years have passed since North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. In 2013, the Army sent a missile defense system to Guam called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD.
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