The Malacañang on Thursday assured the Filipinos in US Pacific territory of Guam that there are contingency plans in place for the anticipated North Korea's missile attack in the island.
With the frightful news, one Guam resident said she's already planning an extended leave of absence with her family.
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His provocative public declarations, a break from the careful language of his predecessors, have only grown louder as the week as gone on. "While we have heard threats like this in the past, I take them very seriously". During the 1991 Persian Gulf war, the administration of George Bush led an effort to push Iraqi forces out of Kuwait while dissuading Saddam Hussein from employing chemical weapons.
"I think what the president was doing was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jung Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language", said Tillerson.
The naval base is an important outpost for USA fast-attack submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands.
"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer", Merkel added.
But Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at the Rand Corporation, told CNN it would ultimately be U.S. President Donald Trump's decision whether to test their missile defenses.
"The execution of this plan will offer an occasion for the Yankees to be the first to experience the might of the strategic weapons of the DPRK closest", the spokesman said. But pushing the envelope, or just threatening to do so, is what North Korea does best. It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. Nearly a third of its land is controlled by the US military and about 6,000 American troops are based there.
As tension escalated this week between the United States and North Korea, the world turned its attention to the USA territory of Guam, which North Korean state media reported had become the target of a retaliatory attack.
At a park in central Pyongyang Friday evening, young people practiced volleyball and grandparents and parents watched children on climbing frames and swings.
Guam is a launching point for USA strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by US bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening.
HARTZ: Well, and on the North Korean side, there are differences of specificity.
Guam is also a popular destination for Asian tourists, especially from Japan and South Korea but, for now, there are no real signs that travelers are canceling trips - it's hard to to find a room at the resorts dotted around the island.
Meanwhile, US-South Korean joint military exercises are due to begin later this month.
An A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft readies for takeoff at a U.S. air base in Osan, South Korea, 10 Aug 2017.
The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base. Any order by the president could be executed quickly. Three weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was legal throughout the U.S., including all its territories.
Previously, Seoul and Washington have described the "Ulchi-Freedom Guardian" drills as a deterrence against an aggressive North.
Washington has previously said it will consider talks with Pyongyang if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons program, a precondition North Korean officials have described as a non-starter.
He is right: This time, North Korea has detailed plans for a missile test that would land in the waters near Guam.
HU: Hartz says something feels more serious about the latest North Korea scare. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Ulchi-Freedom Guardian involves about 40,000 troops, along with civilian South Korean government personnel who train their civil defense responses.