USA missile shield not certain to protect Guam from North Korea

Onodera told a Diet committee that such a missile launch by North Korea can be recognized as a condition enabling Japanese troops to exercise the right to collective self-defense, or coming to the aid of the United States and other allies under armed attack even if Japan itself is not attacked. And Trump's boasting only added to the confusion over his administration's approach to dealing with North Korea's expanding nuclear capabilities on a day when his top national security aides wavered between messages of alarm and reassurance.

But life here seems to go on as usual.

At Mosa's Joint, in Guam's capital Hagatna, Thursday happy hour lasts until 8 p.m.

The island was first populated about 4,000 years ago by the ancestors of the Chamorros, still the island's largest ethnic group.

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North Korea said it was preparing to send intermediate-range missiles near Guam, which was home to more than 160,000 U.S. citizens, including some 6000 members of the armed forces. Here's what you need to know about it. He plays in a psychedelic blues band every week and is a dean at the local community college. "Some people [say], 'We just want our peace, our island groove that we've always have.' There are other people who are just sick and exhausted of the threats from North Korea because there sure have been many over the years. And then there are people who feel like our president has been exacerbating things too".

Many across the island say they feel assured and protected by the military.

Echoing Trump's martial tone, Mattis said North Korea should stand down its nuclear weapons program and "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

The statement said the four missiles would be launched simultaneously and overfly the Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi.

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The dollar carried over its weakness from overnight trading overseas, where dollar selling gathered steam following a news report citing US intelligence officials as saying that North Korea has succeeded in making a nuclear warhead that is small enough to be mounted on its missiles.

A day after evoking the use of overwhelming US military might, Trump touted America's atomic supremacy.

Guam's total population is 160,000. While the USA has bases in Japan and South Korea, they are on foreign soil.

Beijing's official Global Times cautioned Washington to avoid floating military options, saying such a move makes Pyongyang's threats "not only verbal" as shown in its accelerating nuclear and missile progress.

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