'Japan Could Intercept Guam-bound N. Korean Missiles'

US missile shield not certain to protect Guam from North Korea

US missile shield not certain to protect Guam from North Korea

There is a full interagency communication process during a North Korean missile launch which would involve command centers from the Pentagon, the intelligence community and major United States military commands overseas.

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US.

Guam is the closest USA territory to North Korea at a distance of approximately 2,130 miles.

Locals here remember 2013, when North Korea threatened the Andersen Air Force Base, which hosts the U.S. Pacific Command's bomber fleet.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Mount suggested an attempt to shoot down the missile might be exactly what Kim Jong Un wants, as missing even one projectile would be an embarrassment for the USA military.

Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes, The Associated Press has learned. In violation of that agreement as well as U.N. Security Council resolutions, North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests.

In response to North Korean missile tests, the USA military has tested its missile defense system in May, and multiple times in July, although they later admitted one had failed.

If American superiority in technology - the cutting edge of the military-industrial complex that won the Cold War - can not protect the U.S. homeland, what are the chances of it protecting us?

Including a personal one of hers - how her grandparents met during World War II. The two bases combined house 7,000 USA troops.

After Trump's "fire and fury" threat heightened tension, average daily sales volume has been 250 bars, ranging in weight between 10 grams (0.35 oz) and 100 grams (3.5 oz), versus about 50 earlier, Song said, adding the trend would continue through August.

The U.S. keeps a Naval base and Coast Guard station in the south, and an Air Force base in the north that saw heavy use during the Vietnam War. That is close to half the distance between Guam and Hawaii, which sits about 3,960 miles away. "Most likely if something happens, U.S. missiles will be fired".

The island was first populated about 4,000 years ago by the ancestors of the Chamorros, still the island's largest ethnic group.

Resident Isaac Camacho, 19, says he feels Guam's relationship with the USA mainland is "a little misunderstood on their part". Its chief languages are English and Chamorro. Inflammatory rhetoric on both sides will make that more likely. The United States has been threatened via a direct threat to Guam, which isn't just a host for Air Force and Navy bases. Sold-out hotels are full of tourists, and the beaches are full of runners and sunbathers. An air base with long-range bombers and a naval base that's home port for fast-attack submarines are among the most "strategically important" the US has in the Pacific, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Hecker said North Korea does not have a sophisticated nuclear weapon like those of the U.S., Russia, Britain, China or France, the major nuclear superpowers.

The tiny US territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

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