Abella: Plans in place if North Korea strikes near Guam

The Latest Australia dubs North Korea reckless provocative

Amid rising tensions between the USA and North Korea, Malacanang on Thursday assured the public the government is prepared for possible missile attacks near Guam by North Korea.

Abella's statements are in the wake of North Korea's threat to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.

The nation made the threat just hours after President Trump says any threat to the USA would be met with "fire and fury".

Adjunct professor of Chamorro studies at Guam University Michael Lujan Bevacqua told Koroi Hawkins both North Korea and the USA are exploiting Guam's status as an unincorporated territory for their posturing.

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

"I urge the government to have the safety of our OFWs as paramount among our concerns.Contingency plans and response measures must be ready", he said. The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy. "The B-1s then performed a pass over the Pilsung Range before leaving South Korean airspace and returning to Guam", it added. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for people heading to Southeast Asia, and many refugees fleeing Saigon were evacuated through Guam.




Resident Isaac Camacho, 19, says he feels Guam's relationship with the US mainland is "a little misunderstood on their part".

"We don't know what's going to happen".

Ellsworth B-1's were last sent to Guam from South Dakota in August 2016.

"After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets", the US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said.

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

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