Guam residents confident in United States military

Pauline Gross
August 11, 2017

Guam is home to two military bases housing more than 6,000 Americans. It has air and naval bases, as well as missile-defence launchers on the island.

North Korea announced a detailed plan to launch ballistic missiles toward Guam.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to calm tensions after Trump's remarks, saying "Americans should sleep well at night".

Moon confessed recently that South Korea "cannot resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff or achieve global consensus on it on its own". "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", he tweeted.

The statement followed a tweet by President Trump praising what he described as the growing USA nuclear arsenal, adding, "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

The people of Guam woke up Thursday to another pointed threat from Pyongyang, which vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August - adding a timeline to a threat from a day earlier that North Korea would create an "enveloping fire" around Guam.

Martinez was born and raised on this small island of 160,000 or so people. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

At Mosa's Joint, in Guam's capital Hagatna, Thursday happy hour lasts until 8 p.m.

But let's take a step back for a moment: Where is Guam, and why is it in North Korea's crosshairs? "I am working with Homeland Security to rear admiral and the United States to ensure our safety". "Some people [say], 'We just want our peace, our island groove that we've always have.' There are other people who are just sick and exhausted of the threats from North Korea because there sure have been many over the years". He says that's why instructions are simple: "Get inside, stay inside and stay tuned".

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While North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its allies, the report was unusual in its detail.

"There's nothing to worry about at all and we'll just go on with our excursion and happily shop around".

"Sure, we'll always consider negotiations", Trump said.

The irreverent young staff behind the counter joke about the North Korean threat - they're even trying to ideal a mushroom cloud design in the foam on their lattes.

The missile test plans might seem like a reckless response to Trump's warning that he would unleash "fire and fury" on the North if it continued threatening the United States. There is an anti-missile unit, focused nearly exclusively on North Korea (another anti-missile system has been installed in South Korea). It will be chaired by national security chief Chung Eui-yong.

Australia is regarded as a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "partner" state that has contributed troops to missions in the past but is not a fully fledged member.

"They believe that we are not true USA citizens, when we do have plenty of Chamorro people going into the USA military and serving for their country and dying for their country", he said.

A South Korean military source told Maeil Business North Korea is developing submarines because their deployment would give Pyongyang an advantage at sea, even when South Korea deploys "maritime patrol aircraft and destroyers" in areas south of the peninsula.

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