Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

An editorial from a state-owned Chinese newspaper is being taken as a signal from Chinese leadership that it will not support North Korea if the longtime client state follows through on its plan to fire missiles at the US territory of Guam.

Guam was claimed by Spain in 1565 and became a USA territory in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

"Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you", the missile threat prep fact sheet advises those who are caught outside.

"Lie flat on the ground and cover your head".

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. It was also to deploy the anti-missile system in neighbouring Ehime, NHK said. He did not elaborate. "No missile is going to land on Guam", Peterson said Thursday. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even US statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico.

Asked if people in Guam should be anxious about North Korea's threats, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters en route to Seattle this week, "No".

The South Korean official said member states of ARF reaffirmed it shared the common goal of the global communities to "achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea in a peaceful manner".

The plan calls for sending 12 rockets over Japan to crash in the waters about 30 miles from Guam, which is 2,100 miles east of the Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, US-South Korean joint military exercises are due to begin later this month.

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run from August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air.

President Donald Trump is seeking continued help from China's president in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear developments.

Intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14
Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

Tensions continue to escalate on the Korean Peninsula with the United States leadership signaling "military solutions are now fully in place".

"I'm pro military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy.

Last week, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English criticized Trump's "fire and fury" comments as "not helpful in an environment that's very tense".

North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles at waters off the coast of Guam earlier this week in an escalating war of words between the country and President Trump.

New United Nations sanctions condemning the North's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from Pyongyang.

That same year, Congress passed the Organic Act of Guam, giving Guamanians American citizenship.

"Obviously for our administration and for the people of Guam, there is concern and worry", Calvo said.

"Faith is so deeply rooted into our culture", he said.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said the remote Pacific island was accustomed to being a target ever since Washington placed military installations there. Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam. We live on a small island. Since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago has been an essential part of USA power projection.

"You're playing with people's lives".

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