Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Seoul Downplays N. Korea Guam Threat

Seoul Downplays N. Korea Guam Threat

Three-hundred-fifty airmen from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota are among military personnel on Guam, the tiny Pacific island that's been the focus of recent global attention with escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official on Wednesday addressed the North's threat of "enveloping fire" around the U.S. Western Pacific island of Guam, made earlier in the day.

US President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" over its nuclear ambitions on Tuesday.

In a televised address, Calvo said Guam was working with Washington "to ensure our safety".

"The U.S. has maintained a regular bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific since 2004 and this mission demonstrated our continued ironclad commitment to regional allies".

It was described by President Barack Obama's defense secretary Ashton Carter as "an important strategic hub for the U.S. military in the Western Pacific".

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"They have said that America will be defended".

The closest U.S. territory to this remote island is Hawaii, which is nearly 6,500 kilometers away. He said he had been in touch with the White House and there was no change in the threat level.

"I want to visit Pyongyang at an appropriate time so as to play the role of manure for unification", Park said. Its proximity to China, Japan, the Philippines and the Korean Peninsula has long made the island a vital post for the United States military.

On the streets of Guam capital Hagatna, there was a sense of calm.

A Korean People's Army spokesman said in a statement carried by state-run KCNA news agency the plan would be put into practice at any moment once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.

The Washington Post is reporting that US intelligence officials assess that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

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