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Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats

Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats”

In the meantime, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull referring to the threat by North Korea to attack on Guam has promised Australia would come to the aid of the United States in the event of an attack on America soil.

The territory of Guam has US military bases and is the closest USA area to North Korea, which has threatened to attack the Pacific island. For years, North Korea has claimed Guam is within its missiles' striking distance, making furious statements each time when the US flew powerful bombers from the island's air base to the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang has laid out plans to strike near the US territory of Guam. The island is also home to a large United States military presence, a fact that has led to tension with some local residents, particularly those of the indigenous Chamorro community. We are a safe family destination. "We are not just a military installation", he added.

"I take exception to the President's comments because you gotta be able to do what you say you're gonna do.In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt's saying, which I think is something that should've applied because all it's going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation".

At a news conference Monday, Calvo said that Guam is in a "normal state of readiness and its business as usual". "Enjoy the beaches", he said.

While tensions typically spike around the dates of the exercises - North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test just days after last year's manoeuvrs - the situation generally calms afterward as the North needs to focus on its farms and the approach of the fall harvest. "It is our belief that they should enjoy themselves here".

The reason why Kim Jong Un chose Guam as the starting point of a nuclear war is that the small island hosts an American military base.

Sun Doojin, who arrived with her husband and two-year-old daughter on a flight from Seoul, responded with an emphatic "no" when asked if she was concerned about an attack during her visit.

There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the US military.

"The different cultures that are showcased on the island through food make Guam a hidden gem, a tropical vacation getaway but with the amenities and comforts of some of the small cities stateside".

Ms Jenna Gaminde, the Homeland Security spokeswoman, told a press briefing on Thursday that the residents would be immediately notified by the 15 All-Hazards Alert Warning System sirens, located in low-lying areas throughout the island, the Pacific Daily News reported.

"If you hear the sirens, tune into local media - radio, print, television - for further instructions", she said.

Dunford prefaced his Asia trip with a trip to Hawaii to meet with US Pacific Command, and will visit also visit key ally Japan, as well as regional superpower China.

In addition to the USA military bases, Guam is also equipped with the sophisticated THAAD weapons system which is capable of destroying intermediate-range missiles in the final phase of flight.

"The threat level has not changed".

"I'm not really too anxious about it". The missile cited by the KPA spokesman, Hwasong-12, is a liquid-fueled, intermediate-range missile that was first successfully tested on May 13 this year (after at least three earlier failed attempts), according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) missile defense project.

That would create an exquisite decision for the US: Should it attempt to shoot the missiles down or let them pass unimpeded rather than risk shooting and missing?



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