South Korean Military is Ready to Act Against Every North Korean Provocation

Ivan Schwartz
August 12, 2017

The Nikkei slumped to its lowest close for nearly three months yesterday, leading an Asia-wide sell-off sparked by President Donald Trump's apocalyptic warning over North Korea's weapons programme. "Their impromptu and not-carefully-thought-out messages only serve to worsen the situation and play into the hands of North Korea's shrewd intentions".

"With that, everybody should conduct their lives like business as usual". Its capital city is Hagatna and its largest city is Dededo. He plays in a psychedelic blues band every week and is a dean at the local community college.

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

"On the North Korean side", he says, "there are differences of specificity". Finally, the air base may be defended by older, shorter-range Patriot missile batteries, the most advanced of which - the Patriot PAC-3 - can also shoot down slower ballistic missiles.

But something this time feels different, some residents say. It did so to compensate for US forces diverted from other bases in the Asia-Pacific region to fight in the Middle East.

It's not the first time North Korea has threatened Guam, which is a crucial, strategic hub for US forces in the Pacific.

It said the plan - which would involve the missiles landing in waters as close as 20 miles from Guam - would be submitted to President Kim for approval in the next week or so.

"The biggest challenge we are facing at the moment is seating capacity", Denight said. "I don't think its right for anybody to antagonize anybody else, but the fact of the matter is that Kim Jong Un, that boy ain't right". "Strategically, it's a ideal spot".

Theoretically, that makes it an easier target.

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Still, a certain island calm prevails amid the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Chris Hartig of Guam Public Radio contributed to this story. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even USA statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico. But the Salt Lake resident isn't phased by the latest war of words between President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jung Un.

Guam is about 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) southeast of Pyongyang and 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean.

Guam is home to about 163,000 people and a USA military base that includes a submarine squadron, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

Worries over a potential confrontation between the United States and North Korea weighed heavily on global stock markets on Wednesday but helped boost the price of assets, such as gold and the Swiss franc, that are considered safe havens in times of geopolitical peril. "And there are cases where they (have) made a specific threat and carried it out". The document is titled "Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat". And then there are other people that feel like our president is exacerbating things, too. "Why did Guam just pop up - like North Korea is going to be bombing?" Beyond that, we also have a president who's got a more aggressive tenor than other presidents in the past.

Because Guam is a U.S. territory, the United States military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to USA actions.

Guam is also the home port for nuclear submarines and a contingent of Special Operations Forces.

The U.S. seized Guam from Spain in 1898 to provide a fueling station for the U.S. fleet in the western Pacific.

"Japanese equities hadn't been rising much despite positive earnings results, so investors had started jumping at shadows, doubting whether they should really be holdings onto Japanese stocks". Strategically, it's a flawless spot, you know? That's what we're doing. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.

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