In a statement carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency, the commander of the strategic force of the North Korean military said the country plans to launch four intermediate- or long-range ballistic missiles that will cross over Japan and hit waters 30 or 40 kilometers from the USA -controlled island of Guam, home to several US military units.
"Donald Trump has been unequivocal: he will use any appropriate measures to protect the United States and her citizens", Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to Trump, told BBC radio Thursday. Still, with just 210 square miles (543 square km) of land, it's about half the size of Los Angeles.
The North Korean army announced it was examining plans for attacking the island, which serves as a launching pad for the US military.
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The naval base dates to 1898, when the US took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War.
About 160,000 people live on the island, which extends about 12 miles at its widest. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for military personnel heading to Southeast Asia.
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Guam is home to two critical U.S. military bases, U.S. Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base.
The U.S. military bases on Guam house around 5,000 servicemen and women.
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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.
"North Korea probably is afraid of what the U.S. would do if their missiles actually hit the United States territory, because the USA will not let that go".
"The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula where they were joined by Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets". The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.
South Korea has said the bilateral talks will strictly discuss bilateral and humanitarian issues, such as easing the military tension between the divided Koreas along their demarcation line and holding reunions of families here separated since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. During World War II, brown tree snakes somehow slithered their way onto the island.