Guam residents fear attack after N.Korean threat

Japanese soldiers use rubber rafts as part of an amphibious drill during joint military exercises on May 13 with US, French and UK forces on Naval Base Guam. (AP file photo)

HAGATNA, Guam – The North Korean army said on Wednesday it was examining an operational plan for attacking Guam to contain the US bases there, sending a shiver of fear through people living on the island.

The North Korean army said in a statement distributed on  Aug 9 by the state-run news agency that it was studying a plan to create an “enveloping fire” in areas around Guam with medium- to long-range ballistic missiles.

Guam is about 2,400 kilometres south of Tokyo.

The US territory is home to Andersen Air Force Base. The statement said the move is in response to a recent US ICBM test.

Guam’s Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros urged calm and said defences are in place for such threats.

Bus driver Cecil Chugrad said he was a little panicked because he was worried about his son. He said he felt like moving out of Guam.

North Korea says it has mastered a crucial technology needed to strike the US with a nuclear missile.

In response, Trump threatened the Asian country “with fire and fury”.

The governor of Guam said later on Wednesday morning there was no change to the threat level. 

There were several layers layers of defence strategically placed to protect the US territory, he said.

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