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

13 August 2017, 09:31 | Glen Norman

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

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The Lancers were joined by South Korea KF-16 multi-role fighter and Japanese Mitsubishi F-2 multi-role jets.

The military drills are held annually but they have will take place now, as Pyongyang has prepared a plan to strike four Hwasong-12 ballistic missiles towards the USA territory of Guam.

Its proximity to China, Japan, the Philippines and the Korean Peninsula has long made the island an essential possession of the USA military.

The statement came after Mr. Trump declared that his threat to use "fire and fury" might not have been "tough enough", but before Mr. Trump further ratcheted up the bellicose rhetoric by declaring on Twitter: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village.

"Trump said the United States would take tough measures if North Korea fired off missiles, but it did not, " said Zhang Liangui, a professor at the ruling Communist Party's main training academy.

Still, early Thursday, she found herself unable to sleep.

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Guam is a launching point for USA strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by US bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening. It has a population of around 163,000 - comparable to a small city in the Midwest. The Kill Chain system carries out a pre-emptive strike on the North's nuclear and missile facilities when a threat is imminent, while the KMPR focuses on eliminating the North's leadership.

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The strip of land in the western Pacific Ocean is roughly the size of Chicago, and just 4 miles (6 km) wide at its narrowest point.

A United States attack using its bases on Japan's main islands or Okinawa, for example, would bring Japan into any conflict, says Schuster.

However, he added that an attack on Guam "won't just be against the USA military, it will be against the people".

"I also want to remind national media that Guam is American soil and we have 200,000 Americans in Guam and the Marianas".

There are two major bases on Guam: Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south.

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"I'm pretty confident that the USA will protect us".

The archdiocese also asked Catholics to "pray that the Holy Spirit will instill in the leaders of our country and all nations the virtues of wisdom and understanding to promote peace rather than war".

Speaking from Guam, journalist Robert Santos said local reaction to the threats was mixed.

Calvo reassured the island's residents that there was no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea. Guam, in addition to being a strategic base, is also a tourist destination, and a record number of visitors arrived in June of this year.

"Unfortunately, there seems to be no serious dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang, only threats, " he said. "And it's important to bring that message out to the people of Guam that this is not a time to panic".

Guam has a non-voting delegate in Congress, Democratic Rep. Madeleine Bordallo who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Officials at both companies attributed the surge to the heightened tension.

"This is great for Kim Jong Un, who desperately craves recognition. It is just a shame that such infrastructure is not advertised well to the public and that we are short of emergency supplies", said Yang Uk, senior fellow at Korea Defense and Security Forum, a research institute in Seoul. "And we should be prepared too".

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