Guam Issues Release to Residents: Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

Guam is about 2,000 miles to North Korea's southeast, about the distance from Los Angeles to Chicago. But the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang has raised fears of a sudden clash along the world's most militarised border dividing the two Koreas, which might quickly escalate to all-out war.

The US military has reportedly identified two dozens of targets in North Korea - launch sites, testing grounds and support facilities - that will come under the attack, the outlet said.

And if North Korea's missiles prove no match for US interceptors, Kim Jong Un might be chastened into thinking twice before conducting any more.

He said now is the time to pray that the leaders of the USA and North Korea will choose peace over war. -South Korea drills begin.

The island is sovereign US territory in the western Pacific Ocean, and used by America as a strategic military base.

Defence of South Korea
Defence of South Korea

US officials also think it's just a matter of time before Kim's program fully matures.

On Thursday, North Korean state media said its military would complete a plan by mid-August to strike an area miles from Guam, in a show of force, after President Trump warned Pyongyang it would face "fire and fury" if it continued making threats.

American and South Korean officials said they would move forward with large-scale military exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war.

"I am 100 percent sure from a number of conversations that, as a last resort, he would use military force to deny them the capability to strike the homeland with a nuclear weapon", said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, who met privately with Mr. Trump on the issue a month ago.

A picture released by Korean Central News Agency showing North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 being launched at an undisclosed place in North Korea.

The SDF spokesman said the country's Aegis ballistic missile defense system was deployed in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, but would not give a specific location. "I don't understand why people are talking about 'Korea passing, '" the official said, referring to a recent coinage about South Korea being passed over in dealings between North Korea and the US.

"The greatest threat to both states remains shorter range artillery, artillery rockets and stockpiles of short-to-medium range missiles". But Mr. Kim would be bound to respond, analysts said. She said, "I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for".

On Wednesday the United States president responded by boasting of America's nuclear arsenal, saying it was "far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

The United States withdrew nuclear weapons from South Korea in 1992, when the two Koreas agreed to make the peninsula nuclear free.

Meanwhile, Chung Woo-taik, floor leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, told Reuters: 'Now is the right time to actively look at bringing back tactical nuclear weapons.

Still, Bermudez, said, North Korea is "on track" to figure it out.

Spain claimed Guam in 1565, more than 40 years after Ferdinand Magellan landed on the island.

It's created to destroy ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.

To prevent nuclear attacks from elsewhere, namely Russian Federation and China, the United States has relied on its potent nuclear arsenal.

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernise our nuclear arsenal".

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