And with the North’s nuclear and missile threats rapidly growing, South Korea aims to get its three-stage defense system done sooner – by 2022 rather than the *mid-20’s. “The U.S. came here because I think they wanted the land and they helped us out with the Japanese, because I think they wanted the land”. About 7,000 US soldiers and their families live on the island, which has a population of 160,000, according to the Associated Press.
But Hartz says the latest North Korea scare feels more serious than previous ones.
North Korean state-media on Wednesday showed images of a mobilisation of tens of thousands of citizens parading through Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang carrying banners in defence of leader Kim Jong-un and denouncing the latest United Nations sanctions to punish the regime for its missile launches. No one knows if or when the North Korea leader will give the order to launch.
The small Pacific island that belongs to the US has been sent back to the terrifying World War II days, when Guamanians (citizens of Guam) used to receive eerily similar fact sheets from authorities on how to stay safe during warfare.
WASHINGTON and Seoul have agreed to inform each other before taking any steps towards containing North Korea, suggesting the U.S. would not pre-emptively strike the North before informing South Korea’s military command. This sort of constant coverage will require up to a dozen or more KC-46A tankers.
The naval base is an important outpost for US fast-attack submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands.
However, that doesn’t mean people aren’t anxious, said Jodiann Santos, who works at the Guam Museum. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even USA statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico.
If caught outside, it is critical to not look at the flash or fireball, which can cause a loss of eyesight, and take cover “behind anything that might offer protection”. “We understand the threats, but we also don’t want to panic anybody, and we don’t want to jump to conclusions based on rhetoric”.
Trump on North Korea – Military solutions are locked in place. And he’s pretty sure he’s not alone. “They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens”.
The irreverent young staff behind the counter joke about the North Korean threat – they’re even trying to flawless a mushroom cloud design in the foam on their lattes.
Additionally, although Kim Jong Un may posture as though he’s ready to fight tonight, this month just isn’t good for him.