Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

US, Japanese troops begin joint military exercise amid North Korea threat

US, Japanese troops begin joint military exercise amid North Korea threat

He said the North would finalize a plan by mid-August to fire four mid-range missiles hitting waters 30 to 40 kilometers (19 to 25 miles) away from the island.

"It's pretty automatic that if there are any threats especially for those that are in affected areas, they have contingency plans for these things", said Abella.

Guam, with an area of only 544 square kilometers, hosts a military presence of almost 7,000 military personnel and it is expected to house thousands more in the near future, as the United States moves military assets and personnel now housed on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

The United States has maintained a regular bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region since 2004.

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I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas. They have said that America will be defended. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea. Their location in a USA territory means its military is just hours from potential flashpoints in the western Pacific. I will be convening the Unified Coordination Group, which includes myself and the Rear Admiral, to discuss the state of readiness of our military and our local first responders.

With that said, I want to ensure that we are prepared for any eventuality.

Around 43,000 Filipinos now live in Guam, which is home to a United States military base and sits approximately 2,500 kilometers away from the Philippines. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on USA military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.

God Bless the people of Guam and God Bless The United States of America.

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