A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders.

The escalating threats between the US and North Korea have thrown the tiny USA territory of Guam into the headlines.

"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village.

Guam is about 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) southeast of Pyongyang and 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean. "Some people [say], 'We just want our peace, our island groove that we've always have.' There are other people who are just sick and exhausted of the threats from North Korea because there sure have been many over the years".

The Department of Defense on August 11 published video showing the take-off on a training mission of a B-1 bomber from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

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

It's not the first time North Korea has threatened Guam, which is a crucial, strategic hub for USA forces in the Pacific. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date. The military plans to move thousands of U.S. Marines to Guam from Okinawa in southern Japan.

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

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles.

President Donald Trump is warning of military action, saying the U.S.is "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"I'm pro military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy. They threatened US, other countries, and they threaten Guam. The air base was built in 1944, when the USA was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II. The U.S. took back control of Guam on July 21, 1944.

A social media post stating a commanding officer briefed military personnel on a North Korea missile attack is false.

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 USA actions.

"North Korea's most recent threat to target Guam is unsafe and it further heightens tensions in our region", Bordallo said.

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