The Asian country warned that it is preparing to fire four missiles over Japan and into the waters around Guam – where some 7,000 US military personnel reside among the island’s population of 160,000 American citizens.
In playing cat-and-mouse not only with the United States but the entire democratic world, Pyongyang has once again pushed the envelop by targeting this time the tiny American island territory of Guam (population: 160,000), in the Pacific.
North Korean state media called Trump’s rhetoric a “load of nonsense” and announced a plan to launch missiles near the US territory of Guam and create an “enveloping fire” around the island.
Such threats are why the Americans are on Guam to begin with. Its proximity to China, Japan, the Philippines and the Korean Peninsula has long made the island an essential possession of the USA military. Pyongyang has laid out plans to strike near the USA territory of Guam.
As tensions between North Korea and the U.S. continue to escalate it looks as though the secretive state could lose their closest political and economic ally – China – over leader Kim Jong-un’s recent missile threats.
The targeting of Guam “has the potential to intensify the USA public’s perception of threat from North Korea”, Park said.
Andersen Air Force Base houses a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the USA mainland, including the B-2 stealth bomber, B-1 and B-52. The tiny island is home to major USA air and naval facilities.
Kuntz said that nothing has changed in terms of Joint Region Marianas’ procedures when it comes to communications between the military and dependents.
The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base.
There’s a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island’s history of Guam residents serving in the USA military. According to the U.S. Department of Defence, Ulchi-Freedom Guardian involves about 40,000 troops, along with civilian South Korean government personnel who train their civil defence responses.
But with Pyongyang regularly threatening to turn Seoul into a “sea of flames” – and nagging questions over Washington’s willingness to defend it if doing so put its own cities in danger of retaliatory attacks – the South’s media are leading calls for a change of tack.
The U.S. and its allies, Mattis said, are capable of fending off an attack. USA defense spending is the main economic driver of the island, making up about 40 percent of its gross domestic product, followed by tourism.
But now Kim has publicly crossed Trump. They threatened US, other countries, and they threaten Guam.
Meanwhile, a state-run Chinese media organ has said China should retaliate against the USA if President Trump became the aggressor.
President Donald Trump on Friday again delivered a warning to North Korea, tweeting that the US military is “locked and loaded” if the isolated rogue nation acts “unwisely”, escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said there are two scenarios that could trigger war with North Korea. A recent USA intelligence report also suggests that North Korea has produced a miniature nuclear warhead that can fit in its missiles and that the country’s efforts may be proceeding faster than expected, according to The Washington Post.
Should Australia be attacked by a barrage of enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles or perhaps a single missile, it would be defenceless, despite the efforts of thousands of American scientists and technologists who have laboured to create them – to the tune of countless billions of dollars.