Here's why North Korea wants to strike U.S. island Guam

Claudine Rigal
Août 9, 2017

Two U.S. B-1B strategic bombers, newly deployed to Guam, trained in the sky over Korea earlier this week in a show of force and the ironclad alliance against North Korea's threats, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

The statement said the USA should "immediately stop its reckless military provocation against the state of the DPRK so that the latter would not be forced to make an unavoidable military choice". This is the response by many USA citizens in Guam today. "Our air forces stand combat-ready to deliver airpower when called upon".

Guam is a relatively regular deployment site for National Guard refueling units, including the Kansas National Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing.

South Dakota airmen, recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force base, took part in a mission flying over the Korean Peninsula this week. The 190th's most recent deployment to Guam included more than 50 members, who returned June 23rd. Read their reports here.

The remarks followed the DPRK's warning of preemptive missile strikes against the US military base of Guam in response to two USA strategic bombers which were sent again Tuesday to South Korea.

In response, Trump threatened the Asian country "with fire and fury".

They flew together with South Korea's KF-16 fighter jets and performed a pass over the Pilsung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon before leaving the peninsula, according to the Pacific Air Force. Flight times from Japan, Taiwan and Manila are between 3.5-4 hours and Honolulu, Hawaii is about 7 hours.

The May successfully carried out its first-ever missile defense test to intercept an ICBM-type weapon, but other tests have had mixed results.

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