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North Korea on Thursday called U.S. President Donald Trump's bluff with detailed plans to surround the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean in "enveloping fire".

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 United States military, which has 6,000 troops based there.

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Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde has previously told the media that Guam residents would be immediately alarmed by sirens from the All-Hazards Alert Warning System located across the small Pacific island in case North Korea delivers its promise to strike Guam "within two weeks". The chilling two-page fact sheet details what citizens of the 162,000-populated island that houses 6,000 USA troops should do to survive the worst outcome of the boiling tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. Guam stayed under naval rule until 1950, when the Organic Act made Guam a self-governing territory of the USA and its residents became US citizens.

"Japan invaded us, the Spanish invaded us", Genereux says. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even US statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico.

South Korea, which fought a war with the North that ended in a stalemate in 1953, is highly technologically advanced and analysts estimate it could develop an atomic device within months of deciding to do so.

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Also in 2016, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test, which it claimed was of a "standardized" warhead that could fit on a rocket. As a result, Guam's economy relies heavily on the U.S. Armed Forces, which owns a third of the island.

But there's also some resentment about not being able to vote in the general election for USA president. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for people heading to Southeast Asia, and many refugees fleeing Saigon were evacuated through Guam.

There's no sign that people are considering leaving, especially those who were born and raised here, many of whom belong to the native Chamorro population.

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Trump told reporters from the clubhouse of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before". Protecting the island is the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which is used to shoot down ballistic missiles. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher in Honolulu and Jocelyn Gecker in San Francisco contributed reporting.