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North Korean Tensions Put Americans on Guam in Crosshairs

  • Island has U.S. air, naval bases, missile-defense launchers
  • Trump warned Kim Jong Un against threatening Pacific island
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South Korea, Japan Warn N. Korea Against Attacking Guam

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On a tiny island in the western Pacific, about 7,000 U.S. military personnel and their families are in the middle of the increasingly tense confrontation with North Korea.

Guam, an unincorporated U.S. territory, is a strategic outpost about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) south-east of Pyongyang. That puts its total population of 170,000 in range of the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles that Kim Jong Un’s regime has threatened to fire as a counter-punch to President Donald Trump’s caution that the U.S. would respond with “fire and fury” to provocative actions by North Korea.