Former Gov. Bill Richardson weighs in on North Korea threat

Japanese fighters conducted air drills with US B-1B bombers on Tuesday

Japanese fighters conducted air drills with US B-1B bombers on Tuesday

On Wednesday, North Korea said it is "carefully examining" plans for a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam hours after US President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to Guam.

A report of Guam's Pacific News Centre website said people had different opinions to the threat.

The U.S. keeps a Naval base and Coast Guard station in the south, and an Air Force base in the north that saw heavy use during the Vietnam War.

Guam is home to two military bases housing more than 6,000 Americans.

The majority of islanders are ethnically Chamorro - the indigenous group that has lived on the island for thousands of years - and their culture is a touchstone for the islander's way of life.

Ellsworth B-1s were last deployed to Guam in August 2016, when they took over continuous-bomber-presence operations from the B-52 Stratofortress bomber squadrons from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

Guam's total population is 160,000. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even US statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico. They are both managed under Joint Base Marianas. It has two 2-mile (3-kilometer) -long runways and large fuel and munitions storage facilities.

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 USA actions.

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