CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

North Korea says it is in the final stages of preparing a plan to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan and into waters off the tiny island of Guam, where about 7,000 USA troops are based and 160,000 US civilians live. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.

The release came just days after North Korea's army said in a statement that it was reviewing a plan to attack the USA territory.

Experts say if North Korea did launch intermediate-range missiles towards Guam, all its other missiles and artillery would be ready for action. We live on a small island.

A 2013 photo accompanying a media report threatening the United States showed Kim with military officers in what looks like a situation room, surrounded by several maps and lists of USA installations.

"Things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?"

The possibility of a nuclear confrontation is considered remote but global alarm has been escalating in recent days.

"Koreans used to be numb to North Korea's threats. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit".

If U.S. territory is threatened, countermeasures are a no-brainer.

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Guam is home to U.S. Naval Base Guam and the Andersen Air Force Base.

Here's a look at the US military's role on the island, which became a USA territory in 1898. "So I think it's important to be very strong".

"Since 2006, when North Korea first conducted its nuclear test, there wasn't this much response as people became immune to frequent missile launches and nuclear tests", said Yoon Hee-yeul, the chief executive of Combat Ration, based in the southeastern city of Daegu. Spain's colonial rule continued until the US took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", Merkel said Friday, calling on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the crisis. Guam stayed under naval rule until 1950, when the Organic Act made Guam a self-governing territory of the US and its residents became USA citizens. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for people heading to Southeast Asia, and many refugees fleeing Saigon were evacuated through Guam. President William McKinley ordered Guam to be ruled by the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base. "About 162,000 people - mostly U.S. citizens - call the island home". "And not a lot of Americans know that". "North Korea raising tension (on the Peninsula) is a serious challenge against the South Korean-US alliance and the worldwide community".

"Americans should probably accept a joint proposal by Russian Federation and China that both nuclear tests of the DPRK and military exercises involving the United States from the Korean Peninsula should be suspended simultaneously". As a result, Guam's economy relies heavily on the U.S. Armed Forces, which owns a third of the island. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on US military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland. In 2013, the Army sent a missile defense system to Guam called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD.

McAvoy reported from Honolulu.

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