Guam residents say that if given the choice they would rather face the wrath of "crazy" Kim Jong Un than the power of a typhoon, as they count down towards a threatened North Korean missile attack. Two days after North Korea laid out its plans to strike near Guam with unsettling specificity, there was no observable march toward combat.
Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said the remote Pacific island was accustomed to being a target ever since Washington placed military installations there.
Spain ceded Guam to the U.S.in 1898, but the Japanese seized the island in 1941.
Bennett said North Korea would be hoping for the US to fail, but even if the missile defenses failed it wouldn't be a disaster.
Trump said the United States loses a lot of money on trade with China.
The escalating threats between the U.S. and North Korea have thrown the tiny U.S. territory of Guam into the headlines. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation.
The territory has struggled economically and is known to investors for its municipal bonds, which have so far been relatively unaffected by the saber rattling between Trump and Kim.
"I got a phone call from the Irish Football Association when I was in Florida and was asked if I would go out there".
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Wednesday echoed Trump's tough stance against the threats from the North, stating that a provocation would be met with the "destruction of its people".
"Scary? Yes, but what can we do?" "We are not just a military installation".
The Thaad system, of which at least one is permanently based at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, could also take a shot. "Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump said.
This year's K-pop concert is taglined "Again, Peace!" and will boast top acts like Girls Generation and BTOB.
However, as customers sip on their coffee and grab lunch, Kim Jong Un's threat is what many are talking about.
Guam, an unincorporated U.S. territory, is a strategic outpost about 2,100 miles south-east of Pyongyang.
"Now is time to start reviewing nuclear armament", the Korea Herald said in an editorial yesterday.
According to the recent press report, which remains unverified by NPR, North Korea could have up to 60 nuclear weapons. President Moon Jae-in had opposed the THAAD deployment in the early stage of his presidential campaign.
Seoul is expanding its participation in a nationwide civil defence drill, set to take place on Aug. 23, Shim Kang-cheon, a local Seoul government official, told Reuters.
Moon said he wasn't offering unconditional co-operation.
"You know typhoons can strike anytime.so that means, families are making family emergency plans and kits together", he said.
He continued, "My Homeland Security advisor, who is in communication with Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, notes that there is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korean events". Japan seized it for about 2½ years during World War II. While there has been some resistance and displeasure from the people of Guam over the U.S. military's presence, it is also essential to the island's economy, second only to tourism in importance. And at the southern end, there's the Naval Base Guam that hosts the Submarine Squadron Fifteen and the USS Frank Cable.