Flights from Guam base 'provoked' North Korean threats

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

"The plan is to be soon reported to the Supreme Commander (Kim Jong Un) soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment once Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the North Korea, makes a decision", said the spokesman.

Trump's top security adviser H.R. McMaster earlier told MSNBC that the United States is preparing for a "preventive war" with North Korea among other options on the table to deal with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats.

Despite the governor's reassurance, residents of Guam have said they fear being caught in the crossfire as America and North Korea square up.

'Rising tensions on the Korean peninsula are nothing new, they have been a staple for investors for several years now, but this flare-up had the potential for a policy misstep, more so because of the inexperience of the person occupying the White House, and a tendency to conduct policy by way of tweet and press conference, ' he said. At this time, there are no telltale signs to show that North Korea is to cave in to the US-led sanctions.

Cecil Chugrad, 37, said:.

"I'm a little anxious, a little panicked".

It's little wonder that the airbase, which allows the USA to project its vast military presence across the Asia-Pacific, "gets on the nerves" of Kim Jong-un, whose regime today threatened to attack the atoll.

The North Korean army said in a statement distributed on Aug 9 by the state-run news agency that it was studying a plan to create an "enveloping fire" in areas around Guam with medium- to long-range ballistic missiles.

"Everyone's afraid, because we're dealing with powers that's beyond us". Guam, popular with Japanese and South Korean tourists, has a population of about 163,000.

Guam's Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros says officials there are confident "the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness".

Both brothers plan to be off-island in the coming weeks.

The closest United States territory to this remote island is Hawaii, which is nearly 6,500 kilometers away. "It's just like a regular business day".

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