CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

The US and South Korea have a massive military exercise planned in late August, around when North Korea has threatened to fire missiles at Guam, the US territory in the Pacific with massive US Air Force and Navy bases.

Specifically, the statement mentioned a potential strike on Andersen Air Force Base designed "to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.".

Bennett said North Korea would be hoping for the USA to fail, but even if the missile defenses failed it wouldn't be a disaster.

The North Korea comments were published after US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the US, it would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen".

"I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas", he said.

Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told CNN the U.S. military could use its THAAD defense system or Aegis destroyers to stop any North Korean projectiles.

A report of Guam's Pacific News Centre website said people had different opinions to the threat.

"Some people are who are confident we are safe with the U.S. bases here and others who are not so sure", he said. Accusing his predecessors of insufficient action, Trump said it was time somebody stood up to Kim Jong Un. "But here are some people who believe. that we are completely safe regardless of what happens". "Are we just like cannon fodder, are we just extras, are we just not part of the equation?"

There have been many periods of heightened tensions between the two countries over the years, especially in April and August, when South Korea and the United States conducted joint military exercises that North Korea considered preparation for an invasion. Now it is essentially a staging area, which sees rotations of bomber groups coming through.

Despite the war of words, for now the US military says there has been no change in its readiness posture in South Korea or elsewhere in Asia.

Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is where the United States keeps its B1-B bombers deployed to the Asia Pacific.

While it is around 1,500 miles further out from the Korean peninsula than its next closest base in Japan, it's "still strategic because of its location" and its ability to host long-range bombers.

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"North Korea better get their act together, or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble", Trump said, flanked by Vice-President Mike Pence.

"I take projections of casualties of thousands to tens of thousands quite seriously and that's just in South Korea - it's possible North Korea could attack Japan as well". The news was first reported by North Korean state-run news agency KCNA. "There are several layers of ballistic missile defense".

Guam itself is equipped with its own THAAD missile system, which could intercept any missiles launched from Pyongyang toward the island.

Guam is the southernmost island in what is known as the Mariana Archipelago and the largest island in Micronesia.

The US Department of Defense reiterated its capability to counter North Korean aggression. Japan has also chose to put its military on the highest alert level following the North's threats.

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.

From there, they flew over the Korean Peninsula and joined by South Korean Air Force KF-16 fighter jets before returning to Guam.

According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu.

Pyongyang did not develop its nuclear capability to be the aggressor in a war with the USA, says CNN Military Analyst Rick Francona.

If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

"The North Koreans did not develop their nuclear weapons to drop on the US", Francona told CNN.

"Now you're looking at a possible strike on American territory (like) Guam, and also the mainland of the U.S.".

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