Guam a pawn in US-North Korea confrontations - academic

Guam a pawn in US-North Korea confrontations - academic

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said that contingency plans have been prepared to ensure the safety of overseas Filipino workers should North Korea launch a missile strike on Guam island.

Like other US territories, Guam has a sometimes complicated relationship with the USA mainland but many across the island say despite the threats and concerns they feel reassured and protected by the military - especially in times of tense, geopolitical sparring.

"I have peace because I know that he is in God's hands and honestly the leaders of our government right now are the type of men who are going to take care of this situation", she said. It is one of 17 non-self-governing territories of the United States.

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.

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Additionally, I have reached out to the White House this morning. We are not just a military installation. An attack or threat to Guam is a threat or attack on the United States. "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens".

Around 43,000 Filipinos now live in Guam, which is home to a U.S. military base and sits approximately 2,500 kilometers away from the Philippines. I will be convening the Unified Coordination Group, which includes myself and the Rear Admiral, to discuss the state of readiness of our military and our local first responders.

North Korean state media reported on Thursday plans for the strike would be ready by mid-August and will await the orders of the "commander-in-chief of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) nuclear force", understood to be Kim Jong Un.

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