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On Guam, The Mood Is Calm Despite Being In North Korea's Crosshairs

On Guam, The Mood Is Calm Despite Being In North Korea's Crosshairs

South Korean shares ended at an 11-week nadir on Friday as anxious offshore investors sold stocks following President Donald Trump's fresh warning that North Korea not strike Guam or USA allies.

"The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan".

A THAAD battery includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles and an integrated fire control system. Trump said he would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if the country continued to threaten the U.S.

With liberals back in charge in South Korea, Seoul is making peace offerings to its archrivals, but the North isn't biting. No one knows if or when the North Korea leader will give the order to launch. -South Korea drills begin. State-run media ensure that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but don't convey any sense of global concern about the situation.

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air.

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

Monday was the third time in a month that the strategic bombers have carried out "solidarity" exercises with Japanese and South Korean fighter jets over those countries.

Last week, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English criticized Trump's "fire and fury" comments as "not helpful in an environment that's very tense".

The island is sovereign USA territory in the western Pacific Ocean, and used by America as a strategic military base.

French President Emmanuel Macron called for the worldwide community to work with North Korea to "resume the path of dialogue without conditions", following a call with Trump Saturday.

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Washington and Seoul say the exercises are defensive in nature and crucial to maintaining a deterrent against North Korean aggression.

That same year, Congress passed the Organic Act of Guam, giving Guamanians American citizenship.

"There's a lot of disbelief going on, there's a lot of anxiety", Father Paul Gofigan told CNN after the mass. "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".

"Faith is so deeply rooted into our culture", he said.

Guam's Democrat Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo said she's been assured by both Defense Secretary James Mattis and Admiral Harry Harris the military is stands by Guam.

"I've had a couple customers say that if it happens and we find out we have 10 minutes left, we're gonna come down here and have some drinks with you guys!" says Genereux.

China, Pyongyang's sole major ally, would "properly deal with North Korea", Trump said on April 13, after accusing Beijing for months of failing to put pressure on the North.

The South, which hosts United States 28,500 troops on its soil to defend it from the North, is banned from building its own nuclear weapons under an atomic energy deal it signed in 1974 with the U.S. - its security guarantor that instead offers Seoul a "nuclear umbrella" against potential attacks. The tourist district, Tumon, is located between the two military bases.

"You're playing with people's lives".

"We will continue to keep the public updated on any changes or requests for action".