As North Plans Missile Launch, US, S. Korea Ready War Games

Guam has posted emergency guidelines to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack as North Korea threatens to fire missiles at the US Pacific territory.

WASHINGTON and Seoul have agreed to inform each other before taking any steps towards containing North Korea, suggesting the United States would not pre-emptively strike the North before informing South Korea's military command.

"We heard about a few booking cancellations from South Korea, but it's too minimal to affect the industry", he said. Here are five things you might not know about the territory.

Guam's total population is 160,000. Japan selected the U.S. Air Force's KC-46A Pegasus tanker in 2015. The U.S. bases another TPY-2 at Andersen Air base in Guam. Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders. We live on a small island.

Because Guam is a USA territory, the US military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to USA actions. The tourist district, Tumon, is located between the two military bases.

Guamanians have served in all major US wars since World War II and see military service as a source of pride.

"There are many moods on Guam right now", Hartz says.

The naval base dates to 1898, when the US took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War. Spain officially handed over the land under the Treaty of Paris. In the event of war, Japan will need to be able to conduct combat air patrols over the Sea of Japan, intercepting enemy aircraft as far away from the Home Islands as possible.

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Guam, an unincorporated USA territory, is a strategic outpost about 2,100 miles south-east of Pyongyang.

Such threats are why the Americans are on Guam to begin with. However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the US presidential election.

"I'm pro military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy.

"The beach waters are crystal clear, beaches aren't overrun, and nature hiking trails are very accessible".

South Korea and Japan warned North Korea that it would face a strong response if it carried through with a threat to launch a missile toward Guam. Hawaii is about 4,000 miles (6,500 km) to the east.

Guam is the southernmost island in what is known as the Mariana Archipelago and the largest island in Micronesia. Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam. About 24 percent are Filipino, 18 percent identify as several races, 7 percent are white, and 10 percent are of other Micronesian descent. Its chief languages are English and Chamorro.

On June 5, 2015, Guam became the first USA territory to legalize same-sex marriage. The U.S. recaptured the territory three years later.

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