U.S. congresswoman confident Guam protected from North Korea threat

Mr Tillerson sought to explain the thinking behind President Trump's warning

After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s - assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron - flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Japanese F-2 fighter jets.

It's not the first time North Korea has threatened Guam, which is a crucial, strategic hub for USA forces in the Pacific.

The comments came after President Donald Trump promised "fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen" should North Korea attempt to strike a USA territory with a missile.

"We're very concerned about the news but we've been given assurance by the local government primarily through Governor Eddie Calvo that he is working with the military to ensure that the safety of all the residents are the utmost priority", said Norman Analista, president of the Filipino Community of Guam.

Traders said hedge funds had cut leveraged bets against the franc, prompted in part by worries about increased U.S.

Todd Thompson, a lawyer who lives on Guam, said he laughed off past threats because he "figured cooler heads in Washington would prevail, and it was just an idle threat".

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Reports suggested North Korea mastered a technological hurdle needed to strike the US with a nuclear missile. The U.S. District Court of Guam legalized it in 2015, before 14 states.

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

For other residents, Analista said it's business as usual for them.

There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the USA military. "It's just like a regular business day".

The Pentagon's statement never mentioned North Korea or Kim (or Trump, for that matter) by name, but the tiny tyrannical fiefdom's specter hung over the exercise.

McAvoy reported from Honolulu.

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