Trump warns North Korea against attacking Guam

The surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missile system deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward in July

The surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missile system deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward in July

Guam, the Pacific island that is a USA territory, posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after a threat from North Korea to fire missiles in its vicinity.

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny US territory some 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang.

Watch Room staff monitor news and updates and coordinate with agencies on local in an event of emergency Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 as Guam Homeland Security opens its 24-hour Watch Room operation in response to the threats from North Korea, in Hagatna, Guam. "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens". US allies Japan and South Korea quickly vowed a strong reaction if the North were to follow through.

North Korea is actually capable of hitting Guam with its Hwasong-12.

Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the US mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict.

He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so". US bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula several times to show American strength after Pyongyang's missile tests.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests.

United States officials have said new steps that would target Chinese banks and firms doing business with Pyongyang are in the works, but these have appeared to be put on hold to give Beijing time to show it is serious about enforcing new UN sanctions. One third of the island is owned by the USA military.

The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028. Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam.

Guam is about 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, and 3,800 miles west of Honolulu.

Keeping up his tough talk from his New Jersey golf resort where he is on a working vacation, Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government to "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea was too mild.

Asked later by reporters to explain the remark, Trump said: "Those words are very, very easy to understand". She noted that similar threats in 2013 led to an advanced missile defense system - known as THAAD, for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense - to be permanently placed on the island as a deterrent.

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