How major United States stock market indexes fared Wednesday

Claudine Rigal
Août 10, 2017

Bordallo issued a statement saying Pentagon officials have assured her that the territory is protected.

Update: The FTSE 100 has slumped further into the red amid persisting fears over North Korea tensions, with the sell-off accelerated by a slump in USA markets. Residents do not pay USA income taxes or vote in the general election for US president. By 2004 - long before North Korea had missiles that could hypothetically reach the US mainland - South Korean newspapers were reporting that Pyongyang had the capacity to strike Guam.

The CBOE Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term stock market volatility, was up as much as 12.63 points, its highest in more than a month. Taking it a step further, Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told parliament a missile attack on the US territory would be a Japanese national emergency because it would threaten Japan's existence as a nation.

It may come as no surprise that North Korea sees the military presence on Guam as a provocation.

Turnbull says a conflict with North Korea would be shattering and have "catastrophic consequences".

Residents woke up Thursday to another pointed threat from Pyongyang, which vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August. "Although it is considered highly unlikely that this tension will escalate into a nuclear war, the market still needs to see how President Trump will eventually deal with his advocating "fire and fury" against North Korea's threat", said Margaret Yang Yan, market analyst at CMC Markets Singapore.

Guam's Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros urged calm and said defences are in place for such threats. It generally couches its threats with language stating it will not attack the United States unless it has been attacked first or has determined an attack is imminent. "They have said that America will be defended".

Andersen Air Force Base hosts a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the US mainland.

Even so, its reported plan to launch missiles toward Guam is extremely unusual. The isolated island is home to thousands of USA troops stationed at Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam.

The latest tensions began after US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea that it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's missile defence system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, the same system recently installed in South Korea. Experts on the crisis repeated a call made by the Trump administration in recent months: China, North Korea's top trading partner and protector, must step in.

Many across the island say they feel assured and protected by the military.

Trump issued the warning during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

By launching a salvo of four, the North would be attempting to make it harder for the intercept all of the incoming missiles.

That's a key benchmark in the country's attempt to become a full-fledged nuclear power. Last month, the USA twice flew a pair of supersonic bombers that took off from Guam over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force after two North Korean tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The Washington Post is reporting that USA intelligence officials assess that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

The DIA and Pentagon did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's requests for comment on the Post report.

Japan had said on Tuesday it was possible that North Korea had already developed nuclear warheads and warned of an acute threat posed by its weapons programmes as Pyongyang's continues missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

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