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"Koreans used to be numb to North Korea's threats".

Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the US mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict. About 7,000 US soldiers and their families live on the island, which has a population of 160,000, according to the Associated Press.

In a recent message, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said, "Since North Korea is very close to crossing the red line, Seoul needs to ramp up all defence measures against North Korea's potential threat", said another Seoul city official who asked not to be identified by name.

A travel agent on Guam said they haven't had a surge of customers seeking to book flights off the island.

The possibility of a nuclear confrontation is considered remote but global alarm has been escalating in recent days.

Security and defense officials on Guam say 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.

Seoul foreign ministry spokesman Cho Joon-hyuk said Thursday North Korea's defiance would ultimately work against the regime, South Korean news service News 1 reported. "And he's not going to threaten South Korea".

Andersen Air Force Base hosts a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the USA mainland.

A statue of Guam hero Ricardo Bordallo is pictured at the entrance of the Governor's Complex on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017.

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.

"The shorter-range missile that can reach South Korea and Japan can accommodate larger nuclear warhead payloads, " he said.

The forum members also urged North Korea to comply with obligations stated in the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

At the Guam Museum, amid an exhibit highlighting the the Japanese occupation of the island during World War II, Gov. Eddie Calvo told CNN that Kim has threatened his island since 2013.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no military solution to the dispute, adding that "an escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer". "I feel safe with our military presence here - Andersen and the Navy".

In Guam's capital Hagatna, residents were unruffled by Pyongyang's rhetoric. Spain's colonial rule continued until the US took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the USA presidential election.

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

Resident Isaac Camacho, 19, says he feels Guam's relationship with the USA mainland is "a little misunderstood on their part".

After Mr. Moon talked with Mr. Trump on the phone on Monday, his office said he emphasized that "South Korea can never accept a war erupting again on the Korean Peninsula".

However, he added that an attack on Guam "won't just be against the United States military, it will be against the people". "And not a lot of Americans know that".

Guam is about 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, and 3,800 miles west of Honolulu.

US military officials on Friday said that there are plans to conduct joint large-scale exercises with #South Korea later in August, as North Korea finalizes plans to launch medium range missiles toward the Pacific island of Guam. The two bases combined house 7,000 USA troops. There is also a a strong military presence in the Western Pacific, between North Korea and Guam, not to mention Guam's own defense infrastructure, he said. A THAAD battery includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles and an integrated fire control system.

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