North Korea Threatens Guam: Facts About the US Territory

Kristopher Drake
August 11, 2017

Asian stocks turned lower on Thursday as investors fretted about the latest flare-up of tensions between the United States and North Korea, sending Seoul shares skidding to two-month lows even as the previous day's rush into safe-haven assets appeared to slow.

A Korean People's Army spokesman said in a statement carried by state-run KCNA news agency the plan would be put into practice at any moment once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.

Trump is "extremely getting on the nerves" of his soldiers with the "fire and fury" comments, he said.

A report by the North's state media marked a second day of explicit threats against the U.S., in an apparent reaction to President Donald Trump's warning Tuesday that any North Korean attack would be met with "fire and fury".

Calvo said that he's confident in Guam's defense capabilities based on multiple briefings with the military.

The Commerce Department said wholesale inventories climbed by 0.7% in June after rising by an upwardly revised 0.6% in May.

If you're still sounding out the name of the island (it's [gwahm], by the way) you might not know that not only is Guam an essential military base, but one of the most pro-LGBT hubs on American soil. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

If the missiles landed within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Guam, as threatened, according to UN law, they would fall within the United States' exclusive economic zone although not their territorial waters.

Asian stocks fell, with South Korea's benchmark index and Japan's Nikkei both closing down more than 1 percent, while gold and the safe-haven yen strengthened.

On Wednesday, Trump followed up his "fire and fury" warning with a boast about USA nuclear capabilities.

The US Seventh Fleet now has six Aegis ballistic missile defence ships in the region capable of targeting North Korean missiles, and Japan has a further four.

The plan consists of launching four intermediate-range missile that would land in the ocean around Guam. Critics included fellow Republican John McCain, head of the Armed Forces Committee in the US Senate, who said Trump should tread cautiously.

Experts say you should not panic - just yet.

"We should not be surprised because North Korea has been moving in this direction for years", Mistry said.

China, which is North Korea's closest ally despite its anger at Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs, described the situation as "complex and sensitive", and urged calm and a return to talks. The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula, where they were joined by South Korean KF-16 fighters.

US intelligence reports indicated this month that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be placed on a missile. It has limited self-government, with a popularly elected governor, small legislature, and non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told CNN the USA military could use its THAAD defense system or Aegis destroyers to stop any North Korean projectiles.

Seoul is home to roughly 10 million people and within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first USA. strike.

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