Saturday, 21 October, 2017

On Guam, The Mood Is Calm Despite Being In North Korea's Crosshairs

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Saul Franklin | 11 August, 2017, 00:40

The military first occupied Guam after the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders.

While the 162,000 Guamanians on the island rely primarily on tourism, the US military is also essential to the island's economy. Most are sailors and airmen.

Mount suggested an attempt to shoot down the missile might be exactly what Kim Jong Un wants, as missing even one projectile would be an embarrassment for the US military.

Guam's total population is 160,000. In July alone, that unit conducted missions that spanned from Guam to the East and South China Seas, Korean Peninsula and down to Australia.

If the missiles landed within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Guam, as threatened, according to UN law, they would fall within the United States' exclusive economic zone although not their territorial waters.

"If the North commits a provocation despite our military's stern warning, it will face strong and resolute retaliation from our military and the alliance", the JCS said in a statement, adding the allies remain in full readiness for any attack.

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The scheme to target the island, a key USA military stronghold, was meant to "signal a crucial warning", as "only absolute force" would have an effect on the United States leader, Pyongyang said.

Bombers, fighters and other aircraft fly out of Andersen. The ministers also urged North Korea to comply fully with UN Security Council resolutions. A THAAD battery includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles and an integrated fire control system.

Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, told CNN a single ship equipped with Aegis could probably take out two missiles. However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the USA presidential election. The Navy used the island as a coaling base and communications station until Japan seized the island on December 10, 1941.

The dollar weakened after news that USA producer prices unexpectedly fell in July, recording their biggest drop in almost a year and pointing to a further moderation in inflation that could delay a Federal Reserve interest rate increase.

PACAF said the aircrews practiced intercept and formation training, enabling them to enhance their combined capabilities and tactical skills, while also strengthening the long standing military-to-military relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Spain claimed Guam in 1565, more than 40 years after Ferdinand Magellan landed on the island.

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