Guam is only about 30 miles long and 4 miles across. This isolated island is home to many U.S troops and the Andersen Air Force Base/ Naval base Guam. Guam is a U.S Island and territory, why would anyone want to nuke Guam?
The U.S. seized Guam from Spain in 1898 to provide a fueling station for the U.S. fleet in the western Pacific. It quickly became an important key part of international communication (the American trans-Pacific telegraph cable passed through Guam) and transportation (it was a fueling stop for trans-Pacific flights).
This news comes from KCNA a news station in North Korea, as the increasingly tense tit-for-tat between Pyongyang and Washington seems to continue, as well as reports that U.S. intelligence has determined that North Korea can now fix nuclear warheads onto its ballistic missiles, including an ICBM thought capable of reaching the United States.
President Trump promised on Tuesday “fire and fury like the world has never seen” would find North Korea if they did not stand down from disrupting world peace.
Seems like there is trouble in paradise. What did Guam do to North Korea? The Short answer is nothing.
They seem to be stuck in the middle of the tit for tat Trump- Kim Jong Un feud. North Korea has long disliked Guam only because of the good relations with America, it seems this is an excuse for Kim Jong Un to flex and show some of his fury?
In World War II, Guam was seized by the Japanese shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks and won back by the U.S. in 1944.
The suffering of Guamanians during the occupation was acknowledged by the U.S. Congress last year, in a bill providing for compensation to survivors.
Then, in the Cold War, the island was a support center. During the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers were stationed on Guam.
The U.S. uses the island for war games and joint exercises. Guam also stores a massive quantity of weapons.
As of 2014, according to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam held “the largest munitions stockpile in the world” — stored in igloos “deep [in] the jungle, surrounded by brown tree snakes and wild boar.”
As for the specter of a North Korean attack, that is not new for Guam. By 2004 — long before North Korea had missiles that could hypothetically reach the U.S. mainland — South Korean newspapers were reporting that Pyongyang had the capacity to strike Guam. In 2013, Pyongyang started telling the U.S. that it “should not forget” that Andersen Air Force Base, specifically, was within range.
Today Pyongyang once again calls Guam out by name and the island’s governor Eddie Baza Calvo has responded saying there is “no threat” to the island of Guam.
But Mayor Paul McDonald of Agana Heights, Guam, tells NPR that the threat from North Korea — and the fact that Trump is “fighting back with words” — is being taken very seriously by residents.
“Especially with our elders who have experienced World War II, when the Japanese force came and invaded Guam — you know, my mom, she’s 91 years old and I was over at the office all day today,” McDonald said. “She’d call me every 10 minutes to update her. We are really taking it seriously, a lot of the people in Guam.”