Tiny Pacific Island of Guam is under threat, lately. It seems to be a serious threat of course as North Korea announced Tuesday of plans to attack strategically important United States territory.
Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is close to North Korea and is dubbed as the “tip of the spear.” It is home to thousands of American service members as well as their families.
However, it is not to forget the important of US base in Guam has declined after World War II and after the creation of similar setup in South Korea and Japan.
But still it is the next best location in the Pacific for US after South Korea and Japan.
The base is about 1,500 miles away from the Korean peninsula and has the ability of hosting long-range bombers. It is next closest base after Japan to the North Korea.
Meanwhile, Guam’s Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros said the country has also developed their own capabilities to defend themselves and also the surrounding areas. They have several layers of ballistic missile defense.
He also confirmed to posses THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system designed to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles.
The North Korean announcement came following US flew two B-1B bombers over its peninsular earlier today.