Australia next to defenceless in the event of missile attack
Australia next to defenceless in the event of missile attack
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13 August, 2017, 01:06
After decades of living peacefully, Guam authorities are urging their citizens to be prepared for an "imminent" missile attack from North Korea after the rogue state threatened to unleash "enveloping fire" at the small island sitting 9,700km from the US mainland.
The Asian country warned that it is preparing to fire four missiles over Japan and into the waters around Guam - where some 7,000 US military personnel reside among the island's population of 160,000 American citizens.
President Donald Trump is warning of military action, saying the U.S.is "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
The Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air interceptors wouldn't be able to intercept the North Korean missiles - they would be well outside of the system's range - but could target any pieces of the rockets that might fall over western and southern Japan if the launches failed, officials said. Located on the northeast side of the island, the Air Force base retains a fleet of B52 bombers and fighter jets.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said there are two scenarios that could trigger war with North Korea.
In addition to the military presence, Guam also relies heavily on tourism to boost its economy, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors drawn to its pristine beaches and luxury resorts in 2016. Its proximity to China, Japan, the Philippines and the Korean Peninsula has long made the island an essential possession of the USA military.
"If the United States and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so".
"We have to understand that even in a million-to-one scenario we have to be prepared with Guam being what it has been for decades, an American territory with strategic military assets in place in a very dynamic region". The U.S. bases another TPY-2 at Andersen Air base in Guam. The air base was built in 1944, when the USA was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II.
"North Korea has always threatened other countries".
Altogether, 7,000 USA military personnel are stationed on Guam. Just forcing the U.S.to talk would in itself be a success for North Korea.
"Japan invaded us, the Spanish invaded us", Genereux says. President William McKinley ordered Guam to be ruled by the U.S. Navy.
Guam elected its first governor in 1970 and, since 1972, has had one nonvoting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The confirmation came as NBC News in the USA gave details on a possible pre-emptive U.S. military strike on North Korea.
Because Guam is a US territory, the USA military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to US actions.
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.
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North Korea responded by claiming it is preparing a plan to fire missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. "The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical". "I never said that", he said.
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