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Japan prepares to intercept stray missiles from N. Korea

13 August 2017

The release came just days after North Korea's army said in a statement that it was reviewing a plan to attack the US territory.

North Korea warned that a plan to attack Guam would be in place by mid-August and dismissed Trump's threats as a "load of nonsense", according to reports.

"In this regard, North Korea's recently issued statements of threats are in direct opposition to the worldwide community's consensus, and must stop immediately".

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U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened North Korea with'fire and fury

As tension escalated this week between the United States and North Korea, the world turned its attention to the US territory of Guam, which North Korean state media reported had become the target of a retaliatory attack.

He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so".

"Since 2006, when North Korea first conducted its nuclear test, there wasn't this much response as people became immune to frequent missile launches and nuclear tests", said Yoon Hee-yeul, the chief executive of Combat Ration, based in the southeastern city of Daegu. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

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Eric Talmadge is an Associated Press writer. "North Korea raising tension (on the Peninsula) is a serious challenge against the South Korean-US alliance and the global community". That is close to half the distance between Guam and Hawaii, which sits about 3,960 miles away. USA officials said there was no major movement of US military assets to the region, nor were there signs Pyongyang was actively preparing for war.

"The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the US wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack", it said.

Japan temporarily controlled the island after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, but allied forces reclaimed the territory three years later. In 1950, an act of Congress made it an unincorporated organized territory of the United States. The U.S. recaptured the territory three years later. Residents do not pay US income taxes or vote in the general election for USA president. File photo by U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Photo by Robert Hicks/Handout via REUTERS. The military plans to move thousands of U.S. Marines to Guam from Okinawa in southern Japan. "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens". 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.

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Guam's total population is 160,000. Its capital city is Hagatna and its largest city is Dededo.

The official languages of Guam are English and Chamorro, which means 'noble.' It's a Malayo-Polynesian language that has incorporated Spanish words over time. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even USA statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico. They are both managed under Joint Base Marianas.

The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base. Located on the northeast side of the island, the Air Force base retains a fleet of B52 bombers and fighter jets. Threatening to fire a volley of missiles toward a major USA military hub _ and the home to 160,000 American civilians _ may seem like a pretty bad move for a country that is seriously outgunned and has an terrible lot to lose.

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A key U.S. military stronghold, Guam was the departure point for US B-52 bombers that attacked Hanoi during the 1955-1975 Vietnam war.

Japan prepares to intercept stray missiles from N. Korea