Guam a pawn in US-North Korea confrontations - academic

Coloradans with family in Guam worried about North Korea threats

Alexandra Harvey added, "My husband's military, so from the military side of it, I think if it was really imminent they would have let us know".

With tensions rising between North Korea and the US, Pyongyang has threatened to hit Washington's tiny island territory in the Pacific, located some 1,500 miles from Philippine capital Manila.

North Korean military officials said they would present a plan to President Kim Jong Un in about a week on how they would carry out an attack on Guam, where about 7,000 United States troops are stationed.

Pyongyang announced on Wednesday, August 9, that is it "carefully examining" a plan to launch intermediate range ballistic missiles near USA military installations in Guam, heightening tensions caused by North Korea's successful missile tests.

North Korea's state agency KCNA reported earlier in the day that its military planned to complete a plan by mid-August to hit waters off Guam with four medium-range missiles.

CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management special assistant Gerald Deleon Guerrero said as much yesterday, saying that Guam has the closest military assets here.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo dismissed the threat and said the island was prepared for "any eventuality" with strategically placed defences.

USA military officials played down the potential for military conflict.

Diplomat and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson weighed in after North Korea issued yet another threat at Guam. He said he had been in touch with the White House and there was no change in the threat level.

"Just because the rhetoric goes up, doesn't mean our posture changes", one official said.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests. Trump has said he will not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the US.