Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Japanese fighters conducted air drills with US B-1B bombers

Japanese fighters conducted air drills with US B-1B bombers

"In September of 2016 they threatened Guam after a flyover of B1-B bombers from Andersen Air Force base saying", The DPRK will sweep Guam, the base of provocations, from the surface of the earth".

"I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas", Governor Eddie Calvo was quoted as saying by Efe news.

Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a USA military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.

A North Korean Army spokesman earlier on Tuesday said the military was examining an operational plan for an enveloping missile strike at areas around Guam with its intermediate-range ballistic missiles Hwasong-12.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo has dismissed North Korea's threat to contain USA military bases on the Pacific island with ballistic missiles, saying it is fully ready to defend itself in case of "any eventuality".

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Calvo said in an online video message he had contacted the White House and had been told by the defence and homeland security departments there was no change in the threat level.

The so-called North Korean threat is becoming more pressing with each day as the country increases its number of missile tests.

The UN sanctions were adopted in response to North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile test fired on July 4 and a second intercontinental projectile tested on July 28.

The remarks followed North Korea's warning of preemptive missile strikes against the USA military base of Guam in response to two United States strategic bombers which were sent again Tuesday to South Korea.

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