Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Donald Trump says USA is 'locked and loaded' as war appears inevitable

Donald Trump says USA is 'locked and loaded' as war appears inevitable

That puts its total population of 170,000 in range of the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles that Kim Jong Un's regime has threatened to fire as a counter-punch to President Donald Trump's warning that the US would respond with "fire and fury" to provocative actions by North Korea. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam's hotels and resorts, is in between.

"I'm not really too anxious about it". Drones could do the same job, but Grego said she isn't sure the technology is ready.

North Korea's apparently rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland has fuelled tensions that erupted into a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang this week, unnerving regional powers and global investors.

A drumbeat of threats by North Korea over the years has fostered a sense of resilience among the island's 162,000 inhabitants, whose lives are deeply intertwined with the United States military, which has 6,000 troops based there. Regardless of the precise number (which depends on the speed at which the North can build these weapons) the arsenal is far smaller than those of the USA and Russian Federation, which each hold around 4,500 weapons. She declined to say whether Germany would stand with the U.S.in case of a military conflict with North Korea and called on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the issue.

(THAAD) interceptor system on the tiny island. While already taking up 30 per cent 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.

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. "We are not just a military installation".

The US island territory's Office of Civil Defence began distributing fact sheets, Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat, on Friday, to help people prepare for an attack. "We are with you a thousand percent, " Trump said, according to video of the call posted on Calvo's Facebook page.

"I wish that the superpowers of the world would be able to come out with a different way to fix their problems, you know, instead of having to involve other places that don't even pose a threat". But if the missiles aren't expected to hit the island - the stated goal is to have them hit waters well offshore - should it?

Former President Clinton squats as he examines the names of World War II war dead on a wall at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam in 1998.

"We are concerned about these threats but at the same time we also want to make sure people don't panic and go on with their lives".

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