VIA : CNN
North Korea's military is "examining the operational plan" to strike areas around the US territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news agency KCNA said early Wednesday local time.
Specifically, the statement mentioned a potential strike on Andersen Air Force Base designed "to send a serious warning signal to the US."
The base is one of two on the Pacific island, which are the closest bases on US soil to North Korea, and represent the westernmost tip of the country's military might.
The North Korea comments were published after US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the US, it would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen."
Within an hour of President Donald Trump warning North Korea to stop threatening the United States, the Hermit Kingdom did exactly that — again.Their latest promise: To make a nuclear first-strike against the US military bases at Guam.
North Korea's military said, in a statement carried by state-run KCNA, it would carry out a pre-emptive strike against Guam if the U.S. provoked Pyongyang, according to a report from Reuters.
No threat to our island'
Guam's governor, Eddie Baza Calvo, released a video address Wednesday, reassuring the island's residents that there was no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea.
"I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas," he said.
"I also want to remind national media that Guam is American soil and we have 200,000 Americans in Guam and the Marianas. We are not just a military installation," he added.
Speaking from Guam, journalist Robert Santos said local reaction to the threats was mixed.
"Some people are who are confident we are safe with the US bases here and others who are not so sure," he said.
"Some people believe (Trump and Kim) are clashing personalities and they speak recklessly. But here are some people who believe… that we are completely safe regardless of what happens."
However, he added that an attack on Guam "won't just be against the US military, it will be against the people."
Key military installation
Dubbed the "tip of the spear," Guam is a key to the US military's forward deployed presence in the Pacific and is home to thousands of American service members and their families.
Its importance has declined since the Second World War, given the creation of military bases in Japan and South Korea, says Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center. Now it is essentially a staging area, which sees rotations of bomber groups coming through.
"Guam is the western most US territory that has major military bases. If you (were to) pull (the US) out of Japan and South Korea it's the next best location in the Pacific," says Schuster.
While it is around 1,500 miles further out from the Korean peninsula than its next closest base in Japan, it's "still strategic because of its location" and its ability to host long-range bombers.
There are, however, political complications in launching attacks from US bases hosted by allies closer to Pyongyang, should the US retaliate to Kim's latest threats.
Should US allies refuse to let the military to launch strikes from their territory, Guam would be the most likely place from which to launch airstrikes on North Korea, Schuster says, adding that this is how Kim will regard it.
A US attack using its bases on Japan's main islands or Okinawa, for example, would bring Japan into any conflict, says Schuster.
However, "Guam's importance is reliant on the behavior of our allies. If South Korea and Japan say we could (launch attacks) out of there, taking out Guam becomes almost meaningless."
Guam's Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros told CNN that despite Guam's strategic importance and the North Korean threats to strike it, he remains confident of the island's defenses.
"They've slowly developed their capabilities but we stand in high confidence with the US (Defense Department's) ability to not only defend Guam and the surrounding areas but also the continental US… There are several layers of ballistic missile defense."
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The U.S. has a THAAD defense system in Guam, which is 2131 miles to the southeast of North Korea, that is meant to help guard against a missile attack.
Earlier Tuesday, President Trump said he would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it threatens the U.S. with its nuclear weapons program.
Trump's warning to North Korea came hours after Pyongyang escalated its criticism of the U.S. and threatened to conduct another missile test in response to sanctions the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved on Saturday.
North Korea test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile late last month, which some experts said may be capable of reaching parts of the U.S.
FROM GUAM CIVIL DEFENSE
For Immediate Release
August 9, 2017
No Change in Threat Level from Recent North Korea Events
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions.
“As of this morning, we have not changed our stance in confidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “We will continue to keep the public updated on any changes or requests for action. For now, we advise the community to remain calm, remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards.”
Multiple news organizations report that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit on its missiles. International news organizations also reported that North Korea threatened to carry out a plan to fire missiles at Guam and the surrounding areas.
At this point, we know the following:
• All information is coming from media reports.
• The Guam Homeland Security Advisor is in regular contact with national Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. He has not received any statement that there is an imminent threat.
• The Governor of Guam will meet with local military officials to determine if there is any update to military stance.
• There is no imminent threat to the safety of the residents and visitors of Guam and the CNMI at this time.
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