Guam's residents concerned but have faith in USA military

Aerial view of military personnel enjoying the beach at Tumon Bay 1945

Aerial view of military personnel enjoying the beach at Tumon Bay 1945

The total trading volume of Guam's municipal debt rose sharply on Wednesday compared to its daily average over the prior month, as the U.S. territory found itself caught in a war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea.

Because Guam is a US territory, the USA military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to US actions.

"Well, I am not anxious about that because the Governor and Home Security Office told us not to worry about that", 64-year-old resident Maria Teehan said.

"North Korea has always threatened other countries".

There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the US military.

The naval base dates to 1898, when the USA took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War.

But there's also some resentment about not being able to vote in the general election for US president. The air base was built in 1944, when the USA was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II.

Resident Isaac Camacho, 19, says he feels Guam's relationship with the USA mainland is "a little misunderstood on their part". They also say missile defense is too expensive to be America's primary strategy.

The majority of islanders are ethnically Chamorro - the indigenous group that has lived on the island for thousands of years - and their culture is a touchstone for the islander's way of life. "And not a lot of Americans know that".

In August past year, the North's Foreign Ministry warned that all USA military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military.

Guam is about 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, and 3,800 miles west of Honolulu. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!

"We are getting ready to increase our military presence there, we are moving some forces off Okinawa into Guam", Coffman added.

The U.S.is working on its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, otherwise known as THAAD.

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