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Guam adviser urges calm after North Korea threat

12 August 2017

Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital remains calm.

Guam's Department of Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense say they are monitoring North Korea with USA military and government officials. The U.S. recaptured the territory three years later. Patrons packed local restaurants, barely glancing at televisions bearing news of Pyongyang's latest threat against their homeland.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

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Thrust into the spotlight, residents and supporters of the island find themselves defending Guam and correcting misinformation online even as they worry about what might come next.

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"Some people are very nervous about it". It has a population of around 163,000 - comparable to a small city in the Midwest. The Kill Chain system carries out a pre-emptive strike on the North's nuclear and missile facilities when a threat is imminent, while the KMPR focuses on eliminating the North's leadership.

Guam is the closest USA territory to North Korea at a distance of approximately 2,130 miles.

Guam is about 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, and 3,800 miles west of Honolulu. Its natives are USA citizens by birth.

Guam is home to a strategically located US air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 USA military personnel.

The governor of the Northern Marianas Ralph Torres says he has "full faith and trust" in US President Donald Trump to protect America's Pacific territories from North Korean attack. Its capital city is Hagatna and its largest city is Dededo.

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Although Guam remains on alert, Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo took pains to assure residents on Wednesday that there was no immediate danger. "And it's important to bring that message out to the people of Guam that this is not a time to panic".

Guam has a non-voting delegate in Congress, Democratic Rep. Madeleine Bordallo who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

"The (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons", Mattis told the North Korea leader in a Department of Defense press release.

If any of these commands detect a threat, it then moves to a quick decision about shooting down the missile with any number of missile defense systems that may be in the target area. "I can hardly sleep", she said. "It is just a shame that such infrastructure is not advertised well to the public and that we are short of emergency supplies", said Yang Uk, senior fellow at Korea Defense and Security Forum, a research institute in Seoul.

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Guam adviser urges calm after North Korea threat