S. Korea's military vows retaliation if N. Korea attacks

Tourists walk through a shopping district in Tamuning Guam- the nearest US territory to North Korea

Tourists walk through a shopping district in Tamuning Guam- the nearest US territory to North Korea

North Korea, angered by US President Donald Trump's threat of "fire and fury", has promised to have plans ready in a matter of days to launch an "enveloping fire" of missiles at Guam, which houses two large US military bases and is home to more than 6,000 US military personnel.

Pyongyang's state-run KCNA news agency said Thursday that the country's army would finalize plans later this month to fire intermediate-range missiles from North Korea to near Guam, Reuters reported.

Under Moon Jae-in, the liberal president, South Korea has made overtures to the North's Kim Jong Un, calling for military and humanitarian talks.

Guam, a 210-square-mile island, is a USA territory in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. recaptured the territory three years later.

As tension escalated this week between the United States and North Korea, the world turned its attention to the USA territory of Guam, which North Korean state media reported had become the target of a retaliatory attack.

"My guess is Kim Jong Un will deliver on this threat", Congressman Mike Coffman, who represents Aurora and sits on the Armed Services Committee said.

The fourth C-130J Super Hercules arrived at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, the US Air Force announced. "Some people [say], 'We just want our peace, our island groove that we've always have.' There are other people who are just sick and exhausted of the threats from North Korea because there sure have been many over the years". While already taking up 30 percent of the island, the American military has been seeking to increase its presence by relocating to Guam thousands of Marines who are now based in Okinawa, Japan.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth".

Air Force B-1B Lancer Bombers arrived on the island of Guam Friday morning. President William McKinley ordered Guam to be ruled by the U.S. Navy.

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.

About 40 percent of Guam's residents are Chamorros, the name for the native people. Since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago has been an essential part of US power projection.

Spain ceded Guam to the U.S.in 1898, but the Japanese seized the island in 1941. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro.

But Mount said Pyongyang's threats to launch multiple missiles at Guam could be a deliberate action to call the United States' bluff on missile defense.

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