Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Issues Bombing Guidelines to People of Guam: Don't Look Into the Blast

Issues Bombing Guidelines to People of Guam: Don't Look Into the Blast

Guam's governor on Thursday said the USA territory was "well-equipped" to handle any North Korean strike thanks to robust infrastructure that had survived earthquakes and typhoons, after Pyongyang released a detailed plan to launch missiles towards the island.

The tiny USA territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

The U.S. wants to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could strike the U.S. The focus so far has been on diplomatic ways to reach that goal, but President Donald Trump has made clear there are military options available.

At the time North Korea said it was launching a telecommunications satellite, but Washington, Seoul and Tokyo believed Pyongyang was testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. And at the southern end, there's the Naval Base Guam that hosts the Submarine Squadron Fifteen and the USS Frank Cable. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.

In addition to the military presence, Guam also relies heavily on tourism to boost its economy, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors drawn to its pristine beaches and luxury resorts in 2016.

The naval base is an important outpost for US fast-attack submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde has previously told the media that Guam residents would be immediately alarmed by sirens from the All-Hazards Alert Warning System located across the small Pacific island in case North Korea delivers its promise to strike Guam "within two weeks".

Tourists frolic along the Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a US Pacific Territory.

Guam's faced previous threats of a rocket attack from North Korea, which has been conducting frequent tests of its nuclear missile capability.

The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028. North Korea has been at odds with the United States since the USA backed South Korea during the Korean War.

"North Korea has always threatened other countries".

Because Guam is a US territory, the USA military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to US actions.

"We have to understand that even in a million-to-one scenario we have to be prepared with Guam being what it has been for decades, an American territory with strategic military assets in place in a very dynamic region". Guam stayed under naval rule until 1950, when the Organic Act made Guam a self-governing territory of the USA and its residents became US citizens.

The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy. However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the US presidential election.

"We need to have our own military options to overwhelm the North", the Korea Economic Daily said in an editorial earlier this week. Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam.

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