Guam Residents Fear Attack After North Korea Statements; Gov. Says 'No Threat'

lastest news: Guam: A Tiny Territory Caught in a Global War of Words

lastest news: Guam: A Tiny Territory Caught in a Global War of Words

The Congresswoman for the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam on Wednesday said she was confident U.S. forces could protect it from the "deeply troubling" North Korean nuclear threat.

Guam has been a US territory since 1898, when Spain ceded it in the wake of the Spanish-American War. Here is a rundown on the island and it strategic importance.

If North Korea were to actually carry it out - even if it aimed at hitting the waters off Guam and not the island itself - that would clearly pose a potential threat to US territory and put the United States in a much more complicated situation than it has been during previous missile launches.

Guam is about 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, and 3,800 miles west of Honolulu.

The island of 162,000 people is only 210 square miles and is dominated by the US military, which controls about one-third of its territory.

But on the island, home to a strategic USA air base, life continued as normal. Its total population is more than 162,000, according to the latest census data.

South Korea's military said on Thursday North Korea's recent statements regarding striking the US territory of Guam are a challenge against Seoul and the U.S.

While already taking up 30 percent of the island, the American military has been seeking to increase its presence by relocating thousands of Marines, who are now based in Okinawa, Japan, to Guam. He added he had been assured by USA military of "a multilayer defense" in place in the western Pacific. "Certainly, a central part of the Navy's plans, but now a central part of the entire Department of Defense's plans".

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defence system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles.

Guam's local population numbers 162,000 and its economy depends primarily on tourism and the USA military.

Relationship with the U.S.

It's been a US territory since 1898.

He talks about the start of the war, how after World War Two Korea was a battle ground with South Koreans, Americans and the United Nations fighting North Koreans and Chinese backed by the Soviet Union.

"What I can tell the general public is that if there's any territory or state that is better prepared to handle any type of emergency, whether it's manmade or natural, it's Guam", he said. According to the US and its global supporters, the new sanctions will be the last chance for Pyongyang to stop its nuclear tests and bring Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table. Although there is no physical barrier between them, they have not been allowed to cross the demarcation line into each other's side.

Bordallo was critical of President Donald Trump's vow Tuesday to answer North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Pyongyang continues to threaten the U.S. She urged Trump to work with the global community to de-escalate tensions.

The Pacific Air Forces shared photos of the mission on Twitter and said the "U.S".

Guam's governor on Thursday said the USA territory was "well-equipped" to handle any North Korean strike thanks to robust infrastructure that had survived earthquakes and typhoons, after Pyongyang released a detailed plan to launch missiles towards the island.

Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo, is voicing support for President Trump's stern warning to North Korea, telling Fox News "I want a president that says that".

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