Korean shares open lower amid escalating tensions over N. Korea

Korean shares open lower amid escalating tensions over N. Korea

The exclamation came after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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.

Governor Torres said he had faith in President Trump to make appropriate decisions for the security and protection of the CNMI and neighbour Guam.

Defence officials on Guam say there is no imminent threat to people there or in the Northern Mariana Islands after North Korea said it was examining its plans for attacking the US-held Pacific island.

On a tiny island in the western Pacific, about 7,000 USA military personnel and their families are in the middle of the increasingly tense confrontation with North Korea.

Guam is a launching point for USA strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by US bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening.

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The Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii, determines if the missile poses a threat to Japan, South Korea, Guam or Hawaii.

Guam itself is equipped with its own THAAD missile system, which could intercept any missiles launched from Pyongyang toward the island. "The closer you get to that, you're stressing the performance of the system", he said. One is if they continue trying to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile "with a nuclear weapon on top" that is capable of striking America, the South Carolina Republican told CBS News Wednesday. But it wasn't known until now that the contacts have continued, or that they have broached matters other than USA detainees.

Guam is home to a strategically located US air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 USA military personnel. He added that Kim Jong Un should "take heed of the" U.N.'s security council, which believes North Korea "poses a threat to global security and stability". "The U.S. military has kept the bombers in the area for over a decade".

U.S. satellites are constantly surveying North Korea looking at known missile launch sites and watching for any signs of launches from areas they may not know about.

Previously it had said it would shoot down only missiles on course for Japan.

Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon told a media briefing South Korea was prepared to act immediately against any North Korean provocation, although the military had not spotted any unusual action in the North indicating provocation.

Last month, Seoul offered Red Cross talks to discuss reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, but the North has kept mum toward the proposal.

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