The Pacific island of Guam risks getting caught in the crossfire between Kim Jong-un’s North Korea and Donald Trump’s America.
Guam is only about 2,100 miles away from North Korea, meaning the Pacific island is easily within range of Kim Jong-un’s missiles.
It is thought that the four missiles will take less than 18 minutes to travel from North Korea and over Japan before landing in the sea near Guam.
The Korean People’s Army (KPA) will complete its plans in mid-August, ready for Kim Jong Un’s order, the North Korea’s state-run KCNA reported.
“The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” the report said.
Although the missiles will head towards Guam, the report said that weapons will actually crash into the sea about 18 to 25 miles from the island.
It would be suicidal for North Korea to hit the US military stronghold of Guam because the world’s biggest military superpower would hit back.
But there are fears that Donald Trump’s threat to unleash ‘fire and fury’ on Pyongyang could be pushing the peninsula to the brink of war.
There is little sign that Mr Trump’s “bellicose rhetoric” is intimidating Kim Jong-un, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
“Indeed, evidence of the US’s threat to the North serves to cement Kim Jong‑un in position and justify his own aggression,” the EIU.
“The danger in the US’s strategy of matching the North’s shrill rhetoric is that the escalating threats lead each to assume that the other is moving closer to an attack, until such a confrontation becomes inevitable.”
The EIU said the risk of nuclear war remains low but it is rising in proportion to the strengthening of the rhetoric on both sides.
Despite the increasing danger of North Korean aggression, there are not yet any signs of panic on the tropical island of Guam.
Clarissa Baumgartner, a 25-year old Guam resident, said Pyongyang’s threat to fire ballistic missiles at Guam wasn’t something she was taking too seriously.
“I’m not really too worried about it. I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that,” she said, adding that she was confident the US would protect them.
Meanwhile, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo puts the chances of a direct missile hit at a million-to-one because of the multi layers of Pacific defences, the last being those on Guam itself.
Having experienced a Japanese invasion in World War Two and countless earthquakes and super-typhoons, there was no US community better prepared than Guam “for any contingency”, he said.
“We are concerned about these threats but at the same time we also want to make sure people don’t panic and go on with their lives. Enjoy the beaches,” he added.
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