Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

Gaminde's remarks comes after North Korea announced earlier on Thursday that the nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam, where about 7,000 USA troops are stationed, using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets.

North Korean military officials said a plan to fire four mid-range missiles about 25 miles off the island's shores would be finalized later this month.

In response, President Donald Trump turned up the heat on North Korea as tensions between the two nations grew this week.

Guam residents say that if given the choice they would rather face the wrath of "crazy" Kim Jong Un than the power of a typhoon, as they count down towards a threatened North Korean missile attack. Leader Kim Jong Un would then decide whether to proceed with the strike on the US territory. The U.S. recaptured the territory three years later.

More recently, North Korean missiles have landed in the Sea of Japan, with some falling in Japan's exclusive economic zone that stretches as much as 200 nautical miles from its shores. North Korea is responding to the president's statement saying it is seriously examining a plan to strike Guam with a ballistic missile.

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"Kim Jung Un is as insane as typhoons but I am more scared of typhoons because they are real threats". The U.S. bases another TPY-2 at Andersen Air base in Guam. An air base with long-range bombers and a naval base that's home port for fast-attack submarines are among the most "strategically important" the US has in the Pacific, according to the CIA World Factbook.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth". While there has been some resistance and displeasure from the people of Guam over the USA military's presence, it is also essential to the island's economy, second only to tourism in importance. Residents do not pay USA income taxes or vote in the general election for US president. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro.

Trump has vowed to protect the western Pacific island and in a call to Guam Governor Eddie Calvo on Saturday "reassured" him that "United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America". The Navy and Air Force fall under Joint Region Marianas command. Altogether, 7,000 USA military personnel are stationed on Guam.

But Mount said Pyongyang's threats to launch multiple missiles at Guam could be a deliberate action to call the United States' bluff on missile defense.

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