With two United States military bases and THAAD, Guam feels secure

Faith Castro
August 13, 2017

They called on all parties to de-escalate.

Japan was on Saturday deploying its Patriot missile defence system after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, reports said.

August 8: Trump responds by saying North Korea will be met with "fire and fury".

July 28: Pentagon says it is prepared for "any attack" as North Korea launches second missile.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command headquartered in Colorado makes the determination whether the missile poses a threat to the continental US.

Guam residents should take cover from a North Korean missile attack quickly, in a concrete structure, preferably underground - and stay there until told otherwise, a survival guide advises.

"I'm glad you're holding the helm, Sir", he said.

Though not entirely assuring of it not happening, he referred to the possibility of falling debris to the Pacific ocean 'remote, ' which may affect coastal areas, but he clarifies that they have specific measures and will forewarn citizens in these affected areas.

South Korea and Japan warned North Korea that it would face a strong response if it carried through with a threat to launch a missile toward Guam.

"We are with you a thousand percent", Mr Trump said, according to video of the call posted on Mr Calvo's Facebook page.

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Trump's tough talk has contributed to an increase in animosity that is pushing the sides closer to armed conflict, said Cheng Xiaohe of the School of International Studies at Beijing's Renmin University. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

China's patience with North Korea, its onetime close ally, appears to be running thin: Beijing agreed to recent United Nations sanctions, despite potential losses to Chinese firms doing business with North Korea and fears over destabilizing the Pyongyang regime.

Pretty much zero. The skyward approach of a North Korean missile travelling from the Korean Peninsula at supersonic speed to, say, Sydney, covering 8521km in 30 minutes would be next to unstoppable.

"I'm pretty confident that the USA will protect us". "The U.S. came here because I think they wanted the land and they helped us out with the Japanese, because I think they wanted the land". "The real threat is stumbling into an inadvertent nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula by misunderstanding or miscalculation".

The possibility of escalation is made even more acute by the lack of any means of official communication across the Demilitarized Zone, though there has been no easing of the barrage of inflammatory comments in the USA and the North since new sanctions against North Korea were announced last week. "It's time to tone down the rhetoric".

Guam, an unincorporated USA territory, is a strategic outpost about 2,100 miles south-east of Pyongyang.

The Defense Department owns about one-quarter of Guam's 212 square miles. North Korea has always denied any wrongdoing.

The way to avert a war with North Korea is to have a conversation, and that's not happening, Hecker said.

"Koreans used to be numb to North Korea's threats, however, it seems different this time, and people are taking it seriously", said Song Jong-gil, an official of Korea Gold Exchange 3M, wheresales of mini gold bars have surged five-fold since August 9.

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