Guam posts 'in case of emergency' fact sheet after North Korea threat

  • Guam posts 'in case of emergency' fact sheet after North Korea threat

Guam posts 'in case of emergency' fact sheet after North Korea threat

Analysts say they have seen no evidence of any increased alert in North Korea.

As recent missile defense tests have shown, the Reagan Missile Defense Site is able to counter various ICBM threats to the United States, but as North Korea continues to expand its capabilities and develop new technology, the USA must show that its ability to intercept missiles in the Pacific is unquestionable.

North Korea's estimated splashdown of the missiles would place them just outside Guam's 12 nautical mile territorial waters, but well within its 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone - waters where locals fish for tuna and blue marlin.

The exchange followed a United Nations resolution tightening sanctions on North Korea after it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles created to carry nuclear warheads to the United States.

Masao Okonogi, professor emeritus at Japan's Keio University, said before the latest KCNA report that Pyongyang may be issuing a warning or advance notice of changes to its missile testing programme rather than threatening an attack. "By making this advance notice, they are also sending a tacit message that what they are going to do is not a actual attack".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said there are two scenarios that could trigger war with North Korea.

"They're now telegraphing their punch, which means they don't want to have any misunderstandings".

"I think the probability of conflict actually breaking out remains low".

"If they did launch they could potentially wipe out cities in South Korea and Japan, and in the longer term maybe reach the U.S. West Coast and even further inland", said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Program at the Federation of American Scientists.

Having experienced a Japanese invasion in World War Two and countless earthquakes and super-typhoons, there was no United States community better prepared than Guam "for any contingency", Calvo, dressed in a light blue tropical shirt, said in an interview at his office.

"This could elevate the threats to an unprecedented level". He said Japan and the U.S. are "closely consulting with each other" and will hold a meeting of their foreign and defence ministers on August 17.

The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) said in a letter to South Korea's President Moon Jae-In that it hoped to see a peaceful reunification of North and South but that it was alarmed at developments.

Chinese newspaper the Global Times called on Beijing on Friday to "stay neutral" if the North strikes first in a possible military conflict with the US. Pyongyang has laid out plans to strike near the USA territory of Guam.

"The (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons", Mattis told the North Korea leader in a Department of Defense press release.

North Korea said the missile launches were still in the planning phase and would not be finalized until later this month, raising the possibility of delay or cancellation. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

"They can not stop our advance". Kim Jong Un is not suicidal.

American and South Korean officials said they would move forward with large-scale military exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war.

China, North Korea's main ally, has consistently urged both sides to work to lower tensions. It said a nuclear weapon will ensure a "balance of terror" and prevent Pyongyang from attacking the South. "The United States and North Korea have managed to keep peace for several decades in this region and it would have been impossible without very good calculations". "Washington should stimulate Pyongyang's desire to engage with the outside world and return to the global community".