North Korea Threatens Guam

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

It's the tiny island in the eye of a geopolitical storm.

The country's military leaders are finalizing a plan to present to Kim Jong Un in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan to land less than 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Guam, stated media reported Thursday.

This is not the first time that North Korea threatened Guam.

It is south-east of North Korea, about 3,400 kilometres from Pyongyang. "It's pretty insane - and I don't know I've been looking at the people here acting like it's not a problem, but I think it's a really big problem for us", said resident Victor Bilon.

Arriving on the island Wednesday, life appears to be proceeding as normal. Guam, popular with Japanese and South Korean tourists, has a population of about 163,000. Tourist arrivals in July hit a record for that month.

Guam has increased in importance to the USA military as the Pentagon has attempted to rebalance its forces in Asia, after years of fighting wars in the Middle East. "We will continue to keep the public updated on any changes or requests for action".

"The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula where they were joined by Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets".

The U.S. Marine Corps has plans to move about 5,000 troops to Guam in coming years, as part of an effort to reduce its presence on Okinawa, Japan. The THAAD system is specifically created to shoot down ballistic missiles.

"While at home station, my crews are constantly refining their tactics and techniques so that we can better integrate with our counterparts from other nations", said Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Diehl, 37th EBS commander.

"There's no real protection against a missile, in my opinion".

"I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas".

He told CNN that while there was some fear, people were used to living with North Korean posturing. Guam residents are expressing a mix of concern and fear.

Defence Force staff refused to say whether the Air Force was working with or assisting the United States in any capacity. Alexandra Harvey added, "My husband's military, so from the military side of it, I think if it was really imminent they would have let us know".

Calvo suggested that this was risky talk.

Over the past 400 years, Guam has been ruled by Spain, the U.S. and Japan. Its natives are USA citizens by birth.

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