Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea

A picture released by Korean Central News Agency showing North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 being launched at an undisclosed place in North Korea.

The defence ministry started deploying the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan, which Pyongyang warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK said.

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.

"If it's going to happen it's going to happen", Loiue Joyce, a woman in her mid-20s, said of the North Korean threat, as she enjoyed a day of shopping.

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run from August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other world leaders have called for calm as both Pyongyang and Washington upped their saber-rattling rhetoric.

President Donald Trump is seeking continued help from China's president in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear developments.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the U.S.in an editorial Saturday. Accusing his predecessors of insufficient action, Trump said it was time somebody stood up to Kim Jong Un.

"I'm glad you're holding the helm, Sir", he said.

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Wall Street saw a stock sell-off on Thursday as rising tensions between the US and North Korea filled investors with worry. Crude futures extended losses on the fear of slowing demand and lingering concern over a global oversupply.

New United Nations sanctions condemning the North's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from Pyongyang.

At a church in central Guam Sunday, parishioners sang "Lord, we pray for world peace" after discussing the potential North Korean threat.

"Obviously for our administration and for the people of Guam, there is concern and worry", Calvo said.

The naval base is an important outpost for US fast-attack submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands.

About 160,000 people live on the island, which extends about 12 miles (19.31 kilometers) at its widest.

Officials haven't raised the USA territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said.

Its population is mostly Roman Catholic and about a third are Chamorro, descendants of the indigenous people Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first encountered in 1521.

But there's also some resentment about not being able to vote in the general election for USA president.

"Nobody really deserves to be caught in the middle of these games", said Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, an activist who campaigns for a lowered military presence. "We are with you a thousand percent", Trump said, according to video of the call posted on Calvo's Facebook page.

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