'Don't Look At The Flash': Guam Offers Nuclear Strike Guidance To Residents

Lester Mason
August 15, 2017

Previously, Japan has said it would shoot down North Korean missiles only if they were directed toward Japan.

Guam is located in the western Pacific Ocean, around 3,379 kilometres from North Korea, and is within the range of its medium and long-range missiles.

While experts say North Korea may not follow through with the test, it's still an incredibly risky prospect, as Pyongyang intends to shoot four unreliable missiles just a few dozen miles off the coast of Guam, a United States territory where 7,000 military personnel and 160,000 civilians live.

US officials say they will be going ahead with long-scheduled military exercises with South Korea.

Last week, the communist country announced their plan for their missiles to pass through Japan's aerial territory particularly in Hiroshima, Shimane and Kochi before it hits near the U.S Pacific territory of Guam. That is close to half the distance between Guam and Hawaii, which sits about 3,960 miles away.

"The trip highlights our ironclad commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea in the face of North Korea's provocations and threats", the statement said. It follows two successful tests of an intercontinental missile by the isolated state in July and a series of other missile tests. The U.S. territory is home to Andersen Air Force Base.

According to the New York Times, Trump's "fire and fury" warning was improvised, unexpected and caught allies and advisers off guard. I think this is very, very, very serious... But the move sent a strong message that such an attack would be possible.

Major airlines that fly over the region however said they had so far made no plans to change flight paths.

It follows earlier comments in which he said North Korea would see "fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before" if it continued to push its nuclear program, leading to a threat against Guam from the rogue state. Clinton stopped in the USA territory of Guam for a six-hour visit after leaving South Korea and before returning to Washington.

The main activity on the island is the military.

Having experienced a Japanese invasion in World War Two and countless earthquakes and super-typhoons, there was no United States community better prepared than Guam "for any contingency", Calvo said. "This airfield is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week", said Deputy Operations Group Commander Lt. Col. Chris Occhiuzzo adding, we are training everyday all the time just so we're ready". "Enjoy the beaches", he said.

"I think people are just stunned and really don't know what to think", Todd Thompson said.

"This could elevate the threats to an unprecedented level".

Guam is also armed with a sophisticated USA weapons system known as THAAD, which is a ground-based missile system created to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Guam also has a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, similar to one recently installed in South Korea.

Guam released a guidance pamphlet to prepare residents in case of a North Korean nuclear strike.

But any anxiety in South Korea is mitigated by the experience of living through multiple crises with the North that were eventually contained to prevent a war that would be catastrophic for both sides.

President Trump Thursday said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, "He has disrespected our country greatly. And let's see how it turns out", said Trump. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

Tensions with North Korea are rising.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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