Key facts about Guam, the center of US-North Korea tension


South Korea's military said on Thursday North Korea's recent statements regarding striking the US territory of Guam are a challenge against Seoul and the US-South Korea alliance.

The analysts also asked aloud how North Korea had been able to get its hands on so much military technology and the capacity to build nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

But Hartz says the latest North Korea scare feels more serious than previous ones. Here's what you need to know about it.

After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s - assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron - flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Japanese F-2 fighter jets. File photo by U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Photo by Robert Hicks/Handout via REUTERS.

Onodera said any potential attack on Guam, a major USA military stronghold, could undermine Washington's deterrent power and strike capabilities, and thus can be deemed as a situation threatening Japan's survival.

Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders. About 7,000 USA soldiers and their families live on the island, which has a population of 160,000, according to the Associated Press.

"The world has not faced this form of brinkmanship since the end of the Cold War". Sorry, Mike Pence. The vice-president-approved practice, viewed by many as a form of torture, isn't happening in Guam. Spain's colonial rule continued until the USA took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

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Japan temporarily controlled the island after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, but allied forces reclaimed the territory three years later.

The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy. Everyone born there are American citizens. Residents do not pay USA income taxes or vote in the general election for US president.

The U.S. military bases on Guam house around 5,000 servicemen and women.

"The net impact is to lift the U.S. dollar, yen, and gold [while] South Korea bears the brunt of the adjustment", said Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman. The North may have also wanted to demonstrate the reach of its medium-range ballistic missiles, he said.

Guam is the largest of the 15 islands in the Marianas.

The strip of land in the western Pacific Ocean is roughly the size of Chicago, and just 4 miles (6 km) wide at its narrowest point.

A statue of Guam hero Ricardo Bordallo is pictured at the entrance of the Governor's Complex on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. Guam residents are expressing a mix of concern and fear.

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