Diplomatic tensions between North Korea and the United States have been steadily rising and materializing in the first week of August. The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to impose strict new sanctions as a response to North Korea’s repeated testing of ballistic missiles, even though Pyongyang — the capital and gubernatorial center of North Korea — has been previously warned by multiple national governments to stop or face repercussions.
Soon after the U.N. vote, The Washington Post reported in an Aug. 8 article that North Korea has now, “produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could fit inside its missiles.”
Trump responded by threatening “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” if North Korea continue to make threats against the U.S.. Mere hours later, North Korean state-run media KCNA reported that Pyongyang was seriously considering a plan to strike U.S. territory, Guam, with its intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
In a news release, Guam’s Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros said, “As of this morning, we have not changed our stance in confidence that the US Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily.”
However, the news have left Guam residents rattled. Astright Villagomez, 50, of Mangilao in an interview with USA Today said, “I just hope the military can protect us.”