Where is Guam and why is North Korea targeting it?

Posted August 11, 2017

Trump said Tuesday from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. that continued North Korean threats would be met with "fire and fury". Security and defense officials on Guam said on August 9, 2017, that there is no imminent threat to people there or in the Northern Mariana Islands after North Korea said it was examining its operational plans for attack. December gold jumped USD16.70, or 1.3%, to settle at USD1,279.30/oz. "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

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Guam, more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people and a US Navy base that includes a submarine squadron and a Coast Guard group, and an air base. It also hosts a terminal high-altitude area defense missile defense (THADD) battery, which targets ballistic missiles like the ones North Korea tested last month.

The tiny US territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military.

"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". "(He) let out a load of nonsense about "fire and fury".

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the United States and has ignored calls to halt its weapons programs.

Where could North Korea hit in the USA? Critics included fellow Republican John McCain, head of the Armed Forces Committee in the US Senate, who said Trump should tread cautiously.

Bennett said North Korea would be hoping for the U.S.to fail, but even if the missile defenses failed it wouldn't be a disaster.

On Thursday, New York Fed President William Dudley said he expects sluggish US inflation to rise over the next several months while the hot labor market gets even hotter.

US intelligence reports indicated this month that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be placed on a missile.

Speculation has been growing that the regime may stage another major provocation to coincide with the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the South Korea-US joint military exercises to kick off later this month.

"The US can't usually gain the upper hand in this war of words, as Pyongyang chooses whatever wording it likes, and what Washington says may not be heard by North Korean society", the paper said in an editorial late Wednesday.