Tensions across the globe and the Asian Pacific region mounted as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un threatened to act on a plan to “create an enveloping fire” around the island of Guam using his medium- to long-range ballistic missiles.

Although many Americans would be hard pressed to point to Guam on a map, the U.S. territory is located 2200 miles from North Korea and the site of Andersen Air Force Base, as well as Naval and Coast Guard installations.

The island is roughly one-fifth the size of the smallest state, Rhode Island, and half the size of the city of Los Angeles, but home to 150,000 people, including U.S. military personnel.

President Trump, faced with yet another foreign crisis left behind by what some have called the “ostrich-like” policies of the Obama administration that allowed Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, to pursue his dreams of becoming a nuclear power, was quick to respond.

“North Korea will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it makes any more threats to the U.S., the president said.

The increasing threats come just days after the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea in an effort to force Kim to discontinue the continued missile tests.

North Korea stands to lose as much as one-third of its $3 billion annual export revenue from coal, iron, lead and seafood as a result of the U.N.’s sanctions.

The statement from the country’s official news agency said the decision to strike Guam would be made by Kim, but a military spokesman said North Korea would carry out a “pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.”
The U.S. has successfully tested the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system based in Kodiak, Alaska, but acknowledges it would not provide cover to South Korea or Japan – much closer targets – in the event Kim chooses to strike it instead of Guam.

The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea and 54,000 in Japan.

Tens of thousands more Americans live and work in the two Asian countries.

The Trump administration has said it would prefer global diplomatic action to a direct confrontation, but will not hesitate to use force if necessary to stop the nuclear aggression of North Korea.

Most Americans, to whom Guam seems far away and not of particular interest, fail to realize that those born in Guam are automatically U.S. citizens.

And they are now in harm’s way.

Please SHARE on Facebook to alert people to the threat posed by North Korea to the U.S. territory of Guam and our allies of Japan and South Korea. Kim Jong-Un and his nuclear ambitions must be stopped.

Source: CNBC

 
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