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North Korea vs USA war scenario: Why Guam is so important?

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This is not really going to happen. North Korea is not going to use its inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) laden with atomic bombs against the US. Similarly, United States is not going to attack the secretive communist regime in North Korea.

There is so much at stake for both the camps, that threats, be it those of American President Donald Trump or coming from the baby faced North Korean President Kim Jong Un. This is due to the fact that stakes are so high and loss of life will be so huge that no one will try to take a chance.

While Trump seems to have been using rather very tough words, but Pentagon and South Korea will never allow the under pressure President to take any extreme step.

Following the latest North Korean ICBM test, Trump released a statement saying, “By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people. The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.”

While the US has been claiming that the North Korean tests don’t really threaten the US main land, nonetheless it is now clear that a major part of the US including Los Angeles and Chicago are within the reach of North Korean missiles. The Pentagon said the launch did not pose an immediate threat to the U.S. but the missile came very close to U.S. ally Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it a serious and real threat.

But the closest US territory that is under direct and immediate threat of the North Korean missiles is Guam. Guam, the tiny South Pacific island that’s smaller than the city of Chicago, has been thrust into the spotlight as the dispute between the U.S. and North Korea spirals out of hands. Guam is the U.S. territory that is closest to Pyongyang and has been a military stronghold since the U.S. acquired it from Spain after the Spanish-American War in 1898.

It must be kept in mind that the distance from Guam, the southern point, to North Korea is about 2,200 miles. As the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance noted in a November 2016 report, Guam is closer to North Korea than any other U.S. territory. It is 2,200 miles from North Korea. Hawaii is the closest state, but it is over 4,600 miles away from North Korea.

The tiny island’s total population is merely 162,742. Military Bases Take Up Nearly 30 Percent of Guam’s Total Land Area. The US territory of Guam is home to U.S. Naval Base Guam and the Ordnance Annex, which is located a mile southeast of the main base. The U.S. Air Force also has Andersen Air Force Base on the island. Nearly 30 percent of the island’s total land area is under military jurisdiction.

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