What Does the US Military Do on the Island of Guam?

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Although Guam hosts two United States military installations and 6,000 U.S. soldiers, making it the target of North Korea's wrath, tourism authorities are keen to dispel any impression of danger to the tranquil island and its secluded beaches.

North Korea on Thursday warned that it was preparing four intermediate-range missiles (IRBM) to be launched towards the USA territory of Guam, according to a state-media report.

The statement came a day after President Donald Trump warned North Korea against making more threats, saying, "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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 Guam, state media reported Thursday.

Unlike past missile launches that landed much closer to North Korean territory, firing a barrage near Guam would be extremely provocative, nearly compelling a response.

A Japanese defense paper and a USA media report Tuesday said North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

Speaking to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump made clear he will respond forcefully to any North Korean attack on the US or its allies. "It's a statement", Trump said as quoted by Reuters. North Korea won't attack South Korea, Japan, or the USA right now because the consequences would be too great: The small country could be destroyed in retaliation.

Guam is a relatively isolated island known for little more than its USA military port.

South Korea would not be the first actor because North Korea's million-plus active troops could cross the border in minutes.

Now it's August and intelligence sources report that North Korea has a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be placed atop an intercontinental ballistic missile.

South Korea is less focused on increasing the flight range, as that could face opposition from neighbours including China, Russia and Japan, and the 800-km range limit covers all of North Korea in any case, senior government officials said.

Tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered for a rally at Kim Il Sung Square carrying placards and propaganda slogans as a show of support for their rejection of the United Nations' latest round of sanctions on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Or at least that's the rhetoric coming from Pyongyang.

"Kim Jong Un's reckless behavior can not be tolerated", she said, "and I strongly urge the president to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation".

"I don't believe that there will be any significant altering of East Asian procurement strategies, despite the rhetoric emanating from North Korea, principally because for them the threat hasn't altered drastically", Reed added. Three weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was legal throughout the U.S., including all its territories.

"If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so".

Amid the heated words, South Koreans are buying more ready-to-eat meals that could be used in an emergency and the government is planning to expand nationwide civil defence drills planned for on August 23. It's created to destroy ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight. The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 0.06 percent while the S&P 500 .SPX gained 0.12 percent and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 0.64 percent.

"I feel it's different this time", said Yoon, who's been in the business since 2004.

"I see the need for enduring work at the U.N. Security Council.as well as tight cooperation between the countries involved, especially the US and China", Merkel told reporters in Berlin.

According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu.

Trump said hours later, "Let her speak for Germany". "We really don't know what to do if there's a missile attack", said Marlene, 37, an accountant. Trump on Thursday again urged China to do more to resolve the situation.

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