'North Korean missiles can reach Guam in 14 minutes'

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 13, 2017

Earlier this week North Korea's military announced that it was considering a missile attack near the United States territory of Guam in response to Trump threatening Pyongyang with "fire and fury".

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Guam is a launching point for US strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by USA bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening.

The escalating threats between the USA and North Korea have thrown the tiny US territory of Guam into the headlines.

While immediate confirmation of the reports was not available, Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.

But Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at the Rand Corporation, told CNN it would ultimately be US President Donald Trump's decision whether to test their missile defenses. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

Eric Talmadge is an Associated Press writer.

Guam is about 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) southeast of Pyongyang and 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean.

The forum members also urged North Korea to comply with obligations stated in the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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Naval Base Guam is an important outpost for US fast-attack nuclear powered submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including off the Korean peninsula and in the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands that have stirred tension across Asia. "So, we may just be in the middle of a verbal tussle between some countries", he said.

Former President Clinton squats as he examines the names of World War II war dead on a wall at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam in 1998.

After Trump's "fire and fury" threat heightened tension, average daily sales volume has been 250 bars, ranging in weight between 10 grams (0.35 oz) and 100 grams (3.5 oz), versus about 50 earlier, Song said, adding the trend would continue through August.

"Japan invaded us, the Spanish invaded us", Genereux says.

It was not the first time Guam has been put on notice and similar threats made since 2013 led to the USA military permanently deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor system on the tiny island.

Its population is mostly Roman Catholic and about a third are Chamorro, descendants of the indigenous people Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first encountered in 1521.

About 40 percent of Guam's residents are Chamorros, the name for the native people. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro. "And even people who make cell phones, who have substantially more testing than THAAD does, sometimes have cell phones burn up", he said. They are both managed under Joint Base Marianas. Sold-out hotels are full of tourists, and the beaches are full of runners and sunbathers.

"If it looks like the USA set off the chain of events that led to escalation, and Abe didn't use his relationship with Trump to moderate that, it's easy to imagine that there would be a domestic price to pay", said Tobias Harris, a Japan analyst at Teneo Intelligence, a political risk consultancy based in NY. Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders.

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

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