Guam preps citizens on how to survive a nuclear attack

Elias Hubbard
August 15, 2017

The call came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies.

Officials have told U.S. media that spy satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared.

Officials haven't raised the USA territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said.

But Dr Euan Graham, International Security Program director at the Lowy Institute, said this didn't mean Guam was in the firing line.

With Guam in North Korea's crosshairs, Calvo said on Monday that "sometimes a bully can only be stopped with a punch in the nose".

The timing of Moon's speech, a proponent of increased engagement and dialogue with his northern neighbors, was likely meant to hammer home the importance of Seoul's role in finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis, according to John Delury, a professor of global relations at Yonsei University's Graduate School of worldwide Studies. "South Korea has gotten lost in the shuffle".

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he's aiming to further develop a working relationship with his counterpart in China in order to lessen the risk of miscalculation on the Korean Peninsula as tensions rise between the US and North Korea.

A day after Trump warned that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it did not stop its threats, Tillerson appeared to tell people to ignore the rhetoric.

Clapper said on CNN that the rhetoric was having a destabilizing affect and could cause North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to decide to lash out.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised a commitment by Trump that the United States would stand with its allies in the region to counter threats from North Korea.

The US' top military official has landed in South Korea ahead of talks with the country's leader and US military amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Kim had examined plans to fire missiles near Guam, but made no move towards an immediate strike, Korean Central News Agency reported.

"We know swiftly after it's launched where it's going to land", he said. The uncertainty in the Korean Peninsula is growing.

Earlier, his ministry said in a written report to the committee that the South and the USA are ready to respond if the North carries out the Guam strike threat.

Clapper called for a change in approach with North Korea in "accepting" the dictatorship as a nuclear power and merely attempting to "cap it or control it".

World stocks rose along with U.S. Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar as investors regained an appetite for riskier investments amid an easing of Korea tensions.

North Korea is angry about new United Nations sanctions over its expanding nuclear weapons and missile program and the upcoming military drills between Washington and Seoul. Seoul and Washington say the exercises are defensive in nature.

"If the planned fire of our demonstration is carried out as the United States is going more reckless, it will be the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks". It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even USA statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico.

For residents of Guam life on the island appears to be moving ahead as normal. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam's hotels and resorts, is in between.

Dr Graham also said while the THAAD was in place "nothing was certain in the fog of war" and taking down an ICMB was like a "bullet hitting a bullet".

They are talking about Guam; and they're talking about you, and I think you're going to get tourism. "It was a bad experience".

"Filipinos who live and work in these areas are reminded that Alert Level 1 simply acknowledges that the situation developing at this time is out of the ordinary and bears paying close attention to", the consulate general said. This might be hard as the United States and its ally South Korea plan next week to start annual defensive military drills that the North claims are preparation for invasion.

Pentagon says it is prepared for "any attack" as North Korea launches second missile. He later added that the United States would "take it out" if the missile was determined to be headed for any U.S. territory.

For his part Trump reached the White House via a career in property development and reality television, followed by an unprecedentedly populist election campaign that upended the United States political establishment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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