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Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

That puts its total population of 170,000 in range of the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles that Kim Jong Un's regime has threatened to fire as a counter-punch to President Donald Trump's warning that the US would respond with "fire and fury" to provocative actions by North Korea.

Amid rising tensions between the USA and North Korea, Malacanang on Thursday assured the public the government is prepared for possible missile attacks near Guam by North Korea.

The warning came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said further threats from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury".

Under Moon Jae-in, the liberal president, South Korea has made overtures to the North's Kim Jong Un, calling for military and humanitarian talks.

Because Guam is a US territory, the USA military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to US actions.

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South Korea's government announced the news on Friday after the head of its Presidential National Security Office Chung Eui-yong spoke with his American counterpart H.R. McMaster on the phone for 40 minutes. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

"This is great for Kim Jong Un, who desperately craves recognition". Its natives are US citizens by birth. As it is, the US has a robust military presence in the region, including six B-1 bombers in Guam and Air Force fighter jet units in South Korea, plus other assets across the Pacific Ocean and in the skies above.

Along with the USA personnel on the island, there are about 7,100 of their family members as well as 6,700 civilian Defense Department workers and their dependents, according to Logan.

"The two sides reaffirmed their promise to closely and transparently cooperate on the steps to be taken in each stage to help ensure the security and safety of both South Korea, the U.S. and their people", the government said. Located on the northeast side of the island, the Air Force base retains a fleet of B52 bombers and fighter jets.

The official languages of Guam are English and Chamorro, which means 'noble.' It's a Malayo-Polynesian language that has incorporated Spanish words over time.

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Coffman stresses however North Korea has flown into waters near major countries before - most notably Japan. They are both managed under Joint Base Marianas.

"After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets", the US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam's hotels and resorts, is in between.

"Japan invaded us, the Spanish invaded us", Genereux says.

But Mount said Pyongyang's threats to launch multiple missiles at Guam could be a deliberate action to call the United States' bluff on missile defense.

The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy.

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