Guam residents nervous over N.Korea threat

Guam residents nervous over N.Korea threat”

The statement said the move is in response to a recent US ICBM test.

Two U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers from Ellsworth took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, according to the Andersen Air Force base website.

Its citizens, 40% of whom are comprised of the Chamorro ethnic group, are American citizens by birth.

While already taking up 30 percent of the island, the American military has been seeking to increase its presence by relocating to Guam thousands of Marines who are now based in Okinawa, Japan.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence reports on the progress of North Korea's nuclear program had concluded that the country could now miniaturize nuclear bombs and fit them on missiles and estimated it had about 60 nuclear devices.

The KCNA quoted a spokesman of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) as saying late Tuesday that DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un has "recommended examination of a powerful and effective action plan for containing the USA imperialists' aggression hardware, as the US forces are resorting to inappropriate and reckless military actions in the sensitive area".

"This grave situation requires the KPA to closely watch Guam, the outpost and beachhead for invading the DPRK, and necessarily take practical actions of significance to neutralize it". In the case of North Korea, the closest bombers are in Guam. Protecting the island is the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which is used to shoot down ballistic missiles.

Bordallo issued a statement saying Pentagon officials have assured her that the territory is protected.

"Every time there is some saber rattling in the part of the world, Guam is always part of the occasion", said Robert F. Underwood, the president of the University of Guam and the island's former delegate to the House of Representatives. We're going to keep Guam safe. "For now, we advise the community to remain calm, remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards". The blue and yellow lines indicate other possible flight paths at range-maximizing ballistic trajectories.

Located in the Micronesia region of the Pacific, it is positioned just over 3000 miles from both Sydney and Hawaii.

His comments came as the speaker of the Guam legislature said he hoped the island could defend itself.

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