HAGATNA, GUAM — North Korea says it will soon be ready to launch missiles that will land near Guam, as tensions ramp up between Pyongyang and Washington.
Guam is located in the western Pacific Ocean, around 2,100 miles from North Korea. It is within the range of North Korea’s medium- and long-range missiles, according to the Guardian.
The 210-square-mile island is a U.S. territory. It has three U.S. military bases, including an air force base that hosts B52 bombers and fighter jets.
Some 6,000 U.S. troops are stationed on Guam, which has a total population of around 162,000 people.
Guam is protected by the U.S. Army’s THAAD[d] missile defense system, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles.
North Korea’s military is waiting for approval from Kim Jong Un to fire four rockets that will land in the sea about 17 miles from Guam, BBC News reported, citing North Korean state media.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has warned North Korea that any threat to the U.S. would be met with “fire and fury”.
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