Japan prepares to intercept stray missiles from N. Korea

Japan prepares to intercept stray missiles from N. Korea

The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028. The U.S. recaptured the territory three years later. He added that Kim Jong Un should "take heed of the" U.N.'s security council, which believes North Korea "poses a threat to global security and stability".

Guam's total population is 160,000.

The naval base dates to 1898, when the US took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War. Residents do not pay US income taxes or vote in the general election for USA president. "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens". As a result, Guam's economy relies heavily on the U.S. Armed Forces, which owns a third of the island.

During the Vietnam War, the Air Force sent 155 B-52 bombers to Andersen to hit targets in Southeast Asia.

Aircraft from Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 stand on the runway at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even USA statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico.

Kuntz said that nothing has changed in terms of Joint Region Marianas' procedures when it comes to communications between the military and dependents. Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders. Located on the northeast side of the island, the Air Force base retains a fleet of B52 bombers and fighter jets.

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Former President Clinton squats as he examines the names of World War II war dead on a wall at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam in 1998.

In addition to the military presence, Guam also relies heavily on tourism to boost its economy, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors drawn to its pristine beaches and luxury resorts in 2016. It has two 2-mile (3-kilometer) -long runways and large fuel and munitions storage facilities.

On a tiny island in the western Pacific, about 7,000 US military personnel and their families are in the middle of the increasingly tense confrontation with North Korea.

A key United States military stronghold, Guam was the departure point for US B-52 bombers that attacked Hanoi during the 1955-1975 Vietnam war.

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States. It's created to destroy ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.

"Sim Tack, a senior analyst for private intelligence firm Stratfor, said the Japanese batteries are designed for protecting the area where they are deployed, "(they are) not meant to shoot missiles out of the sky as they pass over Japan at high altitude".

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