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North Korea examines plans to attack Guam after Trump comments

15 Agosto 2017, 11:22 | Bibiana Flor

North Korea examines plans to attack Guam after Trump comments

North Korea examines plans to attack Guam after Trump comments

While experts say North Korea may not follow through with the test, it's still an incredibly unsafe prospect, as Pyongyang intends to shoot four unreliable missiles just a few dozen miles off the coast of Guam, a U.S. territory where 7,000 military personnel and 160,000 civilians live. Trump, responding to a report that US intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged. He says US ships in the area can also destroy incoming missiles.

A US Air Force spokesman on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam says the coninutous presence of bomber planes there reassures allies and deters adversaries.

Tourists frolic on the waters overlooking posh hotels in Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory. Clinton stopped in the USA territory of Guam for a six-hour visit after leaving South Korea and before returning to Washington. Japan seized it for about 2? years during World War II.

North Korea sees annual U.S. Friday, ABC-7 spoke with Roque Aguon, who is in the US studying. Most are sailors and airmen. It's just a small island - we know each other, including the U.S. Armed Forces personnel stationed here. "I'm working with Homeland Security, the rear admiral and the United States to ensure our safety, and I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas".

President Donald Trump on Friday issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies. The President would be told and consulted, but if the threat is imminent, the U.S. military has the right to self-defense - and could make the decision.

U.S. -South Korean joint military exercises are due to begin later this month. It did so to compensate for USA forces diverted from other bases in the Asia-Pacific region to fight in the Middle East.

While Congress could pass a law banning Trump from taking military action against North Korea without Congressional approval, that's unlikely to happen with Republicans controlling the House and Senate.

However, if one nuclear power can prevent a retaliatory strike (by an anti-missile defense system, for instance), the other nation must fear the possibility of a devastating attack without the ability to respond.

Aegis is able to track 100 missiles simultaneously and fire interceptors to take out an enemy's ballistic projectiles. The ship-based defenses are created to kill a missile that's in midflight, while the ground-based ones take out whatever missiles make it through and are in the final stage.

For sure, if Pyongyang were to go through with its planned launch of missiles toward Guam, it would be an extremely provocative move. Spain's colonial rule continued until the USA took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The Navy used the island as a coaling base and communications station until Japan seized the island on December 10, 1941.

On June 5, 2015, Guam became the first US territory to legalize same-sex marriage. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for military personnel heading to Southeast Asia.

He noted that Guam had many buildings made to withstand powerful typhoons, but acknowledged that nothing can protect against a thermonuclear attack.

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