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Washingington ( "Washingington Post, Reuters") - The Guam government on Thursday (August 10) rejected North Korea's testimony that it will devise a strategy by mid-August to start rockets on US Pacific soil as "from a stance of fear" and said there is no increased danger. The North Korean state press said just now that under the plans to be submitted to Kim Jong Un, four medium-range rockets will be launched into 30-40 km of Guam's waterways "to give the United States a decisive warning".
In Guam live about 163,000 humans and a US military basis, which comprises a U-boat relay, an aircraft station and a coast guard. Said the general population was worried about Guam, but not panicked, and the agencies were "very confident" that despite the North Korean warning, which was first issued on Wednesday, there was no increased danger.
Wednesday mornings Mr Calvo announced an email adress on YouTube asking the islanders not to be worried. "We have woken up to the press coverage of North Korea's talks of vengeance against the United States and this so-called newly discovered tech that allows them to focus on Guam," the government official said. "I work with Homeland Security, the RIW and the United States to guarantee our security, and I want to assure the Guamese that there is currently no danger to our Isle or the Mariana Islands.
" In stating that "Guam is US soil" and that "an assault or menace on Guam is an assault or menace on the United States," Mr. Calvo said he had approached the White House and that US officers have reassured him that the Isle will " be defended". "I want to make sure that we are ready for all eventualities," Mr Calvo said, and added that he is calling a group to "discuss the state of preparedness of our military and our first aid workers".
The fact that Mr Kim Guam, the US Confederation's supreme land with a strategical airport and a marine base, is no wonder for the 160,000 Guamese on the Isle. "Whenever there are saber rattles in this part of the globe, Guam is always there," said Robert Underwood, the University of Guam Chairman and former Representative of the State.
"Coming from Guam and living in Guam is disturbing, but not unusual," Underwood said to the Washington Post. Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that Guam is in no greater threat than anywhere else, and added that North Korea's threat to name the destination did not prevent him from making a planned refueling stop there after his comeback from Malaysia.
However, the military strike threats have cornered some on the isle. "Mr. Cecil Chugrad, a 37-year-old coachman for a coach operator in Guam, said to the Associated Press. I' d like to move now (out of Guam). Approximately 4,000 mile (.437km) western of Hawaii and 2,200 mile south-east of North Korea, Guam lies on the verge of US might in the Pacific.
Since Spain ceded to the US Navy after the Spanish-American War in 1898, Guam has been a key point of strategy. After the 1941 Pearl Harbour bombings, troops from Japan moved to the country and conquered it by exposing its nation to the violent actions of some historic figures estimated to have claimed 10% of its inhabitants.
and commemorated the beginning of U.S.-led attempts to free Guam on July 10, 1944, Underwood said. Today, the paradise is dependent on tourists and military activities to boost its high level of joblessness. Recent attempts have been made to give Guam more scrutiny over its administration, and this includes United Nations assistance.
Robert Kelly, an North Korean specialist at Pusan National University in South Korea, said North Koreans always react to threat with the "strangest rhetoric", but Pyongyang also knows that an attack on the United States would be suicide. Nordkorea has issued a warning against striking against the United States.
The state department of the US said last August that all US military sites in the Pacific would be "on the brink of bankruptcy if attacked from all sides," the Associated Press said. In 2013, a caution followed that Mr Kim had instructed his military to plan to assault US military forces in Guam, Hawaii, South Korea and the United States.
Allies such as South Korea and Japan must allow the United States to set up its military equipment in the case of a defence escalation, which can be a long trial. However, Guam was used to immediately provoke the force, Mr Underwood said. Pyongyang and Beijing, who regard the defence system as an escaping operational force, have been shocked by the Thaad systems' South Korean footprint.
Some B-1B Lancer bomber planes came from North Dakota to Guam this weekend to travel with colleagues from Korea and Japan. It follows an operations over the peninsula of Korea at the end of July in which the Guam fighters responded to North Korea's second test of an Intercontinental Bullet Rocket, which was said by specialists to have made it as far as New York.
On Tuesday it was not clear whether the Pentagon had increased the preparedness of its Guam navy after the North Korean threats. "We' re always ready and able to face any kind of menace, including those from North Korea," said Johnny Michael, a spokesperson for Defence Minister Jim Mattis, in a declaration to the post office.
Guam is home to some 6,000 soldiers, a number that grows as the United States attempts to balance its Pacific powers within a widening range of the Chinese military and North Korea's ever more advanced atomic progam. "He said back then, "Guam has always been a key part of our plan - certainly a key part of the Navy's plan, but now a key part of the whole Ministry of Defense's plan.
Congressman Madeleine Bordallo said on Wednesday in a declaration that "North Korea's latest menace to Guam is hazardous and exacerbates tension in our area. "Mr. Underwood pointed out that "most of the heat of the moment comes from North Korea. He said that press coverage focuses on the importance of military facilities that make the local people think they're playing on a big screen.
"I' m the one who' s hated to be a goal. However, Guam also has a proud heritage of delivering US forces, with a disproportionately large number of enlisted men who come from there and from American Samoa, Mr Underwood said.