Resilient Guam shrugs off North Korea's missile threat


Following the North's second ICBM test, Moon took a hard line, ordering his military to schedule talks with Washington on allowing heavier warheads for South Korean missiles and to work with USA military commanders on adding launchers to a US missile-defense system based in South Korea.

"That U.S. can stop North Korea from all of this".

"Absolutely not true", the ministry's spokesperson said when asked about the allegations.

South Korean shares fell to an 11-week low on Friday and the won extended this week's slide as President Donald Trump warned North Korea again not to strike Guam or US allies. It's a handsome island, peaceful people who are not interested in war.

"Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the US because of the military", she said.

But even with the assurance, the Filipino community gave mixed reactions to the threat.

If carried out, it would be Pyongyang's most provocative missile launch to date while it would nearly certainly spark a response from Donald Trump.

North Korea has made no secret its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the United States and has ignored worldwide calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other world leaders have called for calm as both Pyongyang and Washington upped their saber-rattling rhetoric.

North Korea has short-range missiles that can hit its neighbors.

Guam is also a popular destination for Asian tourists, especially from Japan and South Korea but, for now, there are no real signs that travelers are canceling trips - it's hard to to find a room at the resorts dotted around the island.

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump said North Korea would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Pyongyang continues to provoke, then boasted on Twitter that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is "far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

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The paper said, "The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the USA wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded Friday to Trump's tweet, saying she sees no military solution to North Korea crisis.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles.

North Korea's latest missile test was its 13 (and tenth successful one) since US President Donald Trump assumed office in January. "I would like to understand more about the sanctions and what the impact of the sanctions would be and how much China can have in their involvement to get North Korea to back off".

Last week, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English criticized Trump's "fire and fury" comments as "not helpful in an environment that's very tense".

Guam is the closest USA territory to North Korea at a distance of approximately 2,130 miles. File photo by U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Photo by Robert Hicks/Handout via REUTERS.

Nationalists claim that it is because of the United States military that the island attracts potential threats.

"We have vetted this message through the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) as well as reached out to our Navy partners", he said.

Pairs of B-1s from there have conducted frequent practice runs over Japan and South Korea in recent months, accompanied by fighter jets from the two allies.

However, as customers sip on their coffee and grab lunch, Kim Jong Un's threat is what many are talking about.

President Donald Trump is warning of military action "should North Korea act unwisely".