The governor of Guam, facing threats from North Korea, said Wednesday that he wants a president who will respond with "fury" if USA territories are attacked.
As North Korea responded to that Kim Jong Un-esque ultimatum with overt threats against Guam, U.S. B-1Bs based on the island drilled with their Japanese and South Korean partners, "demonstrated the U.S. commitment to regional allies, increased readiness and exercised the right under worldwide law 'to fly legally in the place and time of our choosing, '" according to a DoD news release.
"No disruption to daily life at this point", he said.
"As of this morning we have not changed our stance in confidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring the situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily", said George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security advisor. He added he had been assured by USA military of "a multilayer defense" in place in the western Pacific.
North Korea said early Thursday a plan of a missile strike near Guam, which hosts several U.S. military bases, would be prepared by mid-August.
"We're very concerned about the news but we've been given assurance by the local government primarily through Governor Eddie Calvo that he is working with the military to ensure that the safety of all the residents are the utmost priority", said Norman Analista, president of the Filipino Community of Guam. I spoke to Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield who confirmed this with me.
The Pentagon's statement never mentioned North Korea or Kim (or Trump, for that matter) by name, but the tiny tyrannical fiefdom's specter hung over the exercise.
The US president's comments came after reports that North Korea has produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles. The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula where they were joined by Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets. In September 2016, they threatened Guam after a flyover of B1-B bombers from Andersen Air Force Base.