The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 US military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.
Continuing a war of words with Kim Jong Un's communist regime, US President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric on Thursday saying a strike on the American territory of Guam would unleash "an event the likes of which nobody's seen before".
Because Guam is a US territory, the USA military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to US actions. "The U.S. came here because I think they wanted the land and they helped us out with the Japanese, because I think they wanted the land".
More recently, North Korean missiles have landed in the Sea of Japan, with some falling in Japan's exclusive economic zone that stretches as much as 200 nautical miles from its shores.
South Korea and Japan warned North Korea that it would face a strong response if it carried through with a threat to launch a missile toward the U.S. territory of Guam. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" Japan seized it for about 2? years during World War II. USA military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces. And with the North's nuclear and missile threats rapidly growing, South Korea aims to get its three-stage defense system done sooner - by 2022 rather than the *mid-20's.
"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth". However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the US presidential election.
Two United States Air Force B-1B bombers, on August 7, conducted a 10-hour sequenced bilateral missions with South Korea and Japan showing that they are ready to "Fight Tonight". While there has been some resistance and displeasure from the people of Guam over the USA military's presence, it is also essential to the island's economy, second only to tourism in importance.
Guam, a tropical island more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people and a United States air base, Navy installation that includes a submarine squadron, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 U.S. military service members. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro. The air base was built in 1944, when the USA was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II.
The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy.
Resident Furukawa, who lived through Typhoon Paka which left 5,000 homeless and more than 30 percent of public buildings seriously damaged in 1997, said people in Guam were resilient.