Guam residents warned about nuke blast if North Korea attacks

Ebony Scott
August 13, 2017

The United States is likely to "seriously consider" shooting down any North Korean missiles tests aimed at the waters around the USA territory of Guam, but experts warn the technology isn't guaranteed to work.

South Koreans are buying more gold and ready to eat meals, while the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defence drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. ramps up tension. The place fills up fast with locals, military personnel, "kind of a little bit of everything", says Monique Genereux, who opened the bar and restaurant a few years ago.

"Luckily I've had a first hand seat in watching equipment and troops evolve over the years and knowing their capability in how serious this particular threat is", Forsythe said.

"It's actually been very scary since yesterday". He plays in a psychedelic blues band every week, and is a dean at the local community college. Why did they bring strategic bombers to the Guam [military] base and conduct training bombings? Spain's colonial rule continued until the USA took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

Most Japanese appear happy with that division of labor, despite concerns about North Korea, and Mr. Abe needs to tread carefully if he hopes to change it.

Since Mr. Trump's election victory in November, Mr. Abe has been an eager guest at Trump Tower in NY and at Mar-a-Lago, the president's Florida resort, where the two men bonded in February over golf and responded to a North Korean missile test in full view of diners.

Abe and May are expected to discuss rising tensions over North Korea's missile threats and bilateral economic relations. It noted which weapons it would use (intermediate range ballistic missiles), how many of them (four) - and the timing: sometime before the end of this month. Here are five things you might not know about the territory. "Beyond that, we also have a president who has got a more aggressive tenor than other presidents in the past".

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It was not the first time Guam has been put on notice and similar threats made since 2013 led to the US military permanently deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor system on the tiny island.

A replica of canons used by the Spanish from the Spanish occupation on Guam in the 19th century is seen outside of government offices in Hagatna, Guam on Friday morning, August 11, 2017. US allies Japan and South Korea quickly vowed a strong reaction if the North were to follow through. "Strategically, it's a ideal spot". That allows U.S. commanders to quickly calculate the path of the missile and the estimated target point.

Washington's unwillingness to hold a dialogue on the Korean crisis with Pyongyang is adding fuel to the fire in the region, Evgeny Kim, a senior fellow at the Center for Korean Studies of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Radio Sputnik.

Plush hotels along Guam's Tumon beach didn't seem in a rush to prepare either.

"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village.

There's no sense fretting, she says, about a situation way beyond their control.

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