Guam residents nervous over N.Korea threat

The congresswoman for the US Pacific territory of Guam says she is confident American forces can protect it from the "deeply troubling" North Korean nuclear threat. "I was getting calls a few years ago, whether people thought they should move off the island".

Japan said it had conducted joint air drills with USA supersonic bombers in Japanese skies close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday as tension in the region escalates amid North Korea's continued ballistic missile tests.

News of the North Korean threat spread quickly through the community, raising anxiety levels among some, while others expressed confidence that Guam was prepared for such an attack.

North Korea says it has mastered a crucial technology needed to strike the US with a nuclear missile.

Just hours before North Korea's strike warning, US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continues to threaten the USA, it would face "fire and fury" the world has never seen. 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.


Guam has a THAAD missile defense system since the Obama administration, which is operated by the Army.

"Guam remains safe and I am confident in the ability of United States defences to protect our island and allies in the region", Bordallo said in a statement.

"We take it all very seriously, particularly the people of Guam", she added.

A travel agent on Guam said they haven't had a surge of customers seeking to book flights off the island.

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