The Mood On Guam After North Korean Threats

The Mood On Guam After North Korean Threats

The Mood On Guam After North Korean Threats

Officials haven't raised the U.S. territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said.

President Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the us military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies.

South Koreans are buying more gold and ready-to-eat meals, while the government plans to expand nationwide civil defense drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension.

The Pacific island of Guam is a potential target of North Korea, which says it's drawing up plans to fire four missiles into the waters near the island. About 6,000 troops are also based there.

"[North Korea's strategic force is] seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through the simultaneous firing of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.", the KCNA reported.

The Pentagon said the United States and South Korea would proceed as planned with a joint military exercise in 10 days, an action sure to further antagonize North Korea.

Eddie Baza Calvo the governor of Guam said there not a change in the threats on the island the safety of the residence is at stake.

North Korea has specifically threatened to fire its Hwasong-12 weapons which are domestically developed intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said: "What matters is that if a second conflict (on the peninsula) erupts, that can not help but lead to a nuclear war". "And we should be prepared too".

Guam is only 30 miles across, with a population of around 160,000 people.

The surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC 3) has been deployed in the prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima, Kochi and Ehime, the expected flight path of the North Korean projectiles, reports Efe news.

"Preparation for attack? I'm doing it!" he said, pointing to a grill he was readying for burgers and hot dogs.

The local government of this tiny U.S. Pacific island issued preparation guidance to its 163,000 people on Friday on how best to hide and deal with radiation after threats by Pyongyang to strike Guam, or test its missiles in its surrounding waters.

The tiny USA territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

"The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the USA wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack", it said.

HU: Yeah, somebody actually was just saying this to me. It is also mulling the acquisition of munitions that would allow it to strike North Korea missile sites.

French President Emmanuel Macron called for the worldwide community to work with North Korea to "resume the path of dialogue without conditions", following a call with Trump Saturday.

A big problem is that failure would not only be humiliating, but could actually weaken the USA position more than doing nothing at all. The positions of warships are kept secret, but the USA and Japan could reposition its forces to defend the ocean close to Guam.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Reintroducing nuclear weapons remains an unlikely scenario, as that would undermine demands from Seoul and Washington for North Korea to abandon its nuclear programs.

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