Missile incoming? Head underground, Guam tells residents

  • Missile incoming? Head underground, Guam tells residents

Missile incoming? Head underground, Guam tells residents

Guam is the closest US territory to North Korea at a distance of approximately 2,130 miles. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation.

Air Force B-1B Lancer Bombers arrived on the island of Guam Friday morning.

Guam is home to about 163,000 people and a USA military base that includes a submarine squadron, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

Gaminde's remarks comes after North Korea announced earlier on Thursday that the nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam, where about 7,000 U.S. troops are stationed, using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets. Three weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was legal throughout the U.S., including all its territories.

The naval base dates to 1898, when the US took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said the remote Pacific island was accustomed to being a target ever since Washington placed military installations there. The air base was built in 1944, when the USA was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II. North Korea has been at odds with the United States since the US backed South Korea during the Korean War.

There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the USA military.

There are two major bases on Guam: Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south. Spain's colonial rule continued until the USA took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

In October 2006, an unofficial spokesman for North Korea in Japan told ABC Radio Australia that Guam, Japan and Hawaii were potential targets if the United Nations levied tougher sanctions against North Korea. However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the US presidential election. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for people heading to Southeast Asia, and many refugees fleeing Saigon were evacuated through Guam. The U.S. took back control of Guam on July 21, 1944.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, said earlier this week that Tokyo "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea and the country's military, will "take necessary measures".

The official languages of Guam are English and Chamorro, which means 'noble.' It's a Malayo-Polynesian language that has incorporated Spanish words over time.

Pyongyang's state-run KCNA news agency said on Thursday its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam as North Korea and the United States engaged in increasingly heated rhetoric this week over the North's nuclear weapons programme.

In August a year ago, the North's Foreign Ministry warned that all USA military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military.

The president warned that if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before - what will happen in North Korea".

In that case, Onedera said that Japan could exercise the right to collective self-defense and intercept the missiles.