The people of Guam woke up Thursday to another pointed threat from Pyongyang, which vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August - adding a timeline to a threat from a day earlier that North Korea would create an "enveloping fire" around Guam.
President Donald Trump on Friday again delivered a warning to North Korea, tweeting that the US military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely", escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.
People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances, which are now fueling fears of military confrontation.
The Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air interceptors wouldn't be able to intercept the North Korean missiles - they would be well outside of the system's range - but could target any pieces of the rockets that might fall over western and southern Japan if the launches failed, officials said. Here are five things you might not know about the territory.
Guam's total population is 160,000. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S. The U.S. bases another TPY-2 at Andersen Air base in Guam. Today, Naval Base Guam is the home port for four nuclear-powered fast attack submarines and two submarine tenders.
Many are irked by the endless commentary about US forces on Guam by cable news pundits and experts attempting to introduce USA viewers to the island.
The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam's hotels and resorts, is in between.
"Japan invaded us, the Spanish invaded us", Genereux says. Spain officially handed over the land under the Treaty of Paris. Japan seized it for about 2½ years during World War II.
At least 150,000 USA citizens live in South Korea, many in Seoul, the capital city of almost 10 million people.
Such threats are why the Americans are on Guam to begin with. Residents do not pay USA income taxes or vote in the general election for US president. The U.S. took back control of Guam on July 21, 1944. Pyongyang has laid out plans to strike near the USA territory of Guam. Hawaii is about 4,000 miles (6,500 km) to the east. It covers a total of 210 square miles - approximately the size of Chicago.
Because Guam is a US territory, the USA military may launch forces from there without worrying about upsetting a host nation that may object to US actions.
In the fact sheet, Guam authorities advise residents to stay inside "the nearest building, preferably built of brick or concrete", for "at least 24 hours unless otherwise told by authorities". About 24 percent are Filipino, 18 percent identify as several races, 7 percent are white, and 10 percent are of other Micronesian descent. Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam.
A married gay man carries the rainbow and US flags at a celebration rally in West Hollywood, California, following the 2015 Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. USA military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces.