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Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats

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Parmenio Sano | 14 Agosto, 2017, 15:09

The governor stated that Guam has several defense strategies that cover the entire surface of the island.

"You are safe", Trump told Calvo at the beginning of the three-minute call. I have to say, Eddie, you're going to become extremely famous.

The United Nations has reacted by approving new sanctions against North Korea that passed muster with Russian Federation and China, which is North Korea's major trading partner.

"I just wanted to pay my respects, and we are with you 1,000 percent".

In 2016, Japan deployed PAC-3 batteries to the islands of Miyako and Ishigaki in Okinawa Prefecture before North Korea launched what it claimed was a satellite. The U.S. would undoubtedly respond to any strike with military force, and taking out any North Korean nuclear capability would undoubtedly be in the first round of targets. The island is incredibly remote: the nearest significant population is in the Federated States of Micronesia, about 570 miles away.

Padilla made the statement after the North Korean Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army said on Thursday it was "seriously examining a plan" to fire a missile near Guam.

Anti-missile systems will also be deployed at three other GSDF bases in western Japan after Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera ordered a higher alert status August 11. The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy.


However the regime has so far appeared impervious to the increasing global pressure, making clear it intends to press on with its nuclear and missile programmes.

Guam lies about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) from the Korean Peninsula, and it's extremely unlikely Kim's government would risk annihilation with a pre-emptive attack on US citizens. Francesca Ballendorf (ph) is a longtime Guamanian.

"I'm constantly watching to see what the updates are", she said.

Guamanians have served in all major USA wars since World War II and see military service as a source of pride. Is being tip of the spear really worth it?

It further added that the Japanese military will also deploy the anti-missile system in neighboring Ehime Prefecture covering the northwest quarter of Shikoku Island.

"Though I don't want the temperature to get any higher, I think it's important also that there is clarity and that if there is an attack on any American soil including Guam, that it will be met with overwhelming response", Calvo told reporters on Friday. If Kim Jong Un said, we're going to hit Anchorage, would he say, go ahead, hit Anchorage and see what happens? And yet, it's often exposed to threats against America. Are we just not part of the equation? The sanctions angered North Korea, though China's enforcement remains a question.

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