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On Guam, The Mood Is Calm Despite Being In North Korea's Crosshairs

11 August 2017

Incoming Deputy Commander Gen. Kim Byung-joo speaks during a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony for Deputy Commander of the South Korea-U.S.

"Now of course China is the only ally that North Korea has but China has now agreed to tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea, which means it will no longer be importing coal, iron, lead and seafood".

"I don't think there's anything to worry about. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough".

North Korea shot back by threatening to fire medium-range ballistic missiles at Guam, which is home to strategically important U.S. Air Force and Navy bases. "Now if China does have influence over North Korea, we have yet to really see it". It's a statement. Has nothing to do with dare.

He also reassured anxious residents an attack on Guam is "an attack or threat on the United States" and said, "Guam is on American soil".

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Trump made his latest comments on North Korea during a pair of televised media events.

Perhaps North Korean leader Kim Jong Un views the island as a particular threat. "And it can't be allowed".

Anchor: Japan has said that it could intercept North Korean missiles headed towards Guam if they pass over the Japanese territory.

That prompted North Korea to warn Wednesday it was reviewing plans to strike Guam with a ballistic missile in the wake of President Trump's threat to respond to provocative actions by the North with "fire and fury". Kim has radically accelerated the pace of the North's missile development, and many experts believe it could have an intercontinental ballistic missile able to hit major American cities within a year or two. What seems to have triggered the trading of florid threats was a report by the Washington Post that US intelligence officials believe that the North has succeeded in developing a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. The plans called for the missiles to land in the sea only 18-25 miles from Guam.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration is working with its allies on a diplomatic solution to escalating tensions with North Korea. Tourism-dependent Guam is looking to cash in on its new-found fame as a North Korean missile target, tapping an unlikely promotional opportunity to attract visitors to the idyllic island and prove that all publicity is good publicity.

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"In 1994, when the US government reviewed a plan to bomb North Korea's nuclear site at Yongbyon, the situation was much more serious than now".

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan. "They have said that America will be defended", stated Calvo. "I want to ensure we are prepared for any eventuality".

Trump's comments defied critics at home and overseas who have said his choice of words was needlessly bombastic and potentially reckless.

Trump says North Korea "better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble". "It unnecessarily heightens the risk of miscalculation and creates the very fog that can lead to war".

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