More than 3,000 kilometers southeast of North Korea, Guam is an important strategic hub for the USA military, which has air and naval bases, as well as missile-defense launchers on the island.
There were no signs of panic or an exodus from the island of 163,000 people on Thursday, with its wide roads clogged with commuters and commercial vehicles and shops and restaurants doing brisk trade from South Korean and Japanese tourists drawn to the island's green hills and bright turquoise waters.
Kim reiterated that the aim of the military operation was to "interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S". A missile fired from North Korea to Guam would probably pass over Japan. But the Salt Lake resident isn't phased by the latest war of words between President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jung Un.
United States President Donald Trump issued another warning to North Korea on Friday with a reference to American weapons as being "locked and loaded".
Cha Do-hyogn, a researcher at the Asian Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul said even if Pyongyang's nuclear missile does not strike the USA territory of Guam, Washington would not accept such an act of provocation because it would be considered a grave threat to its national security.
The McMaster-Chung call came after U.S. President Donald Trump on August 10 tweeted that "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. There are so many sights to be seen", he said.More news: Trump comes around on opioid crisis
The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028.
The same goes for Guam - for the most part. The rotations also came as North Korea increasingly upped the ante in the standoff over its development of nuclear weapons. "I don't think its right for anybody to antagonize anybody else, but the fact of the matter is that Kim Jong Un, that boy ain't right".
North Korea has twice said this week that it was examining a plan to test-launch intermediate-range missiles to land near Guam, a first for the government. "The intention is to deter and contain North Korea".
Tensions between the USA and North Korea continued to simmer early Friday.
The North Korean also unveiled another plan to "give stronger confidence in certain victory and courage" to their people.
Tension escalated in the region after Pyongyang tested intercontinental ballistic missiles, known as Hwasong-14, twice in July. The Kill Chain system carries out a pre-emptive strike on the North's nuclear and missile facilities when a threat is imminent, while the KMPR focuses on eliminating the North's leadership. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.
The US military has said it plans to increase its presence on the island and will move thousands of Marines now stationed in Japan to the territory between 2024 and 2028. "Their impromptu and not-carefully-thought-out messages only serve to worsen the situation and play into the hands of North Korea's shrewd intentions". "Beyond that, we also have a president who has got a more aggressive tenor than other presidents in the past".