Guam's residents concerned but have faith in United States military

Guam's residents concerned but have faith in United States military”

In the spring of 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on USA military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.

"Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the USA because of the military", she said. It has limited self-government, with a popularly elected governor, small legislature, and non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

While it is extremely unlikely that Pyongyang would risk the assured annihilation of its revered leadership with a pre-emptive attack on US citizens, some residents are concerned.

The U.S. keeps a Naval base and Coast Guard station in the south, and an Air Force base in the north that saw heavy use during the Vietnam War.

"Guam is American soil". Here's a look at the US military's role on the island, which became a USA territory in 1898.

The island was first populated about 4,000 years ago by the ancestors of the Chamorros, still the island's largest ethnic group.

Guam, with a 2016 population of nearly 163,000, has been fought over for centuries.

"If anything happens, we all got to be ready, be prepared, and pray to God that it doesn't happen", Daisy Mendiola, 56, said after finishing lunch with her family at a restaurant near Hagatna.

The Department of Defense on August 11 published video showing the take-off on a training mission of a B-1 bomber from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. They are both managed under Joint Base Marianas.

North Korean state media has reported that the country is considering plans to strike Guam this month.

Air Force B-1B Lancer Bombers arrived on the island of Guam Friday morning.

Guamanians have served in all major US wars since World War II and see military service as a source of pride. It has two 2-mile (3-kilometre) -long runways and large fuel and munitions storage facilities.

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

Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the USA mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict. The rotations also came as North Korea increasingly upped the ante in the standoff over its development of nuclear weapons.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles. A THAAD battery includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles and an integrated fire control system.

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