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13 August 2017, 10:01 | Terri Saunders
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Trump echoed that threat Thursday, insisting if North Korea took any steps to attack Guam, its leaders would have reason to be nervous. The president, a wealthy businessman and former reality television personality, sent his tweet after North Korean state news agency, KCNA, said in a statement that "Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war".
A giant North Korean flag, left, atop a 160-meter (525-foot) tower in North Korea and a South Korean flag, right, atop of a 100-meter (328-foot) tower in South Korea, flutter in the wind as pictured from the border area between two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a volley of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
Guam is taking every precaution possible following the news that North Korea plans to attack the island.
Andersen Air Force Base houses a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the USA mainland, including the B-2 stealth bomber, B-1 and B-52.
While experts estimate the consequences and economic impact of an imminent us vs North Korea war, some Guamanians are stockpiling essentials to survive while taking shelter if Pyongyang makes good on its promise to strike the island.
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"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village. She called the most recent threats from both sides "dangerous" and said they had heightened tensions in the region.
Trump's latest comments were a continuation of days of incendiary rhetoric, including his warning on Tuesday that the United States would unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it threatened the United States.
"The KPA Strategic Force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12", the KCNA statement read, "in order to contain the USA major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base in which the US strategic bombers.are stationed". The annual joint US-South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to proceed as scheduled starting on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesperson.
"Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the USA because of the military", she said. -South Korea drills begin. The United Nations this month tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it tested two ICBMs created to carry nuclear warheads to the United States.
North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the U.S.in an editorial Saturday. "Perhaps she is referring to Germany".
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to calm tensions after Trump's remarks, saying "Americans should sleep well at night". Chinese government-backed scholars said Beijing is deeply concerned about the latest statements from Trump and North Korea.
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Pyongyang this week threatened to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam during an exchange of bellicose rhetoric with Trump. It wasn't immediately clear how China would react to the move. "If China helps us, I feel a lot different towards trade".