Guam, the Pacific island that is a USA territory, posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after a threat from North Korea to fire missiles in its vicinity.
To prepare for a worst-case scenario, the Homeland Security Department for Guam - the tiny USA territory North Korean President Kim Jong-un has threatened with missile launches if Trump continues to ramp up his saber-rattling rhetoric - has issued fact sheets instructing residents on how to prepare for a nuclear strike.
A picture released by Korean Central News Agency showing North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 being launched at an undisclosed place in North Korea. An air base with long-range bombers and a naval base that's home port for fast-attack submarines are among the most "strategically important" the US has in the Pacific, according to the CIA World Factbook.
South Koreans are buying more gold and ready to eat meals, while the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defence drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension. She says the aggressive rhetoric between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump is unlike anything she's ever heard before.
"It is hard to imagine any real diplomacy kicking in", said Kim Ki-ho, professor of worldwide politics at South Korea's Kyonggi University.
The Guam native says the more than 7,000 people and service members on the island worry for their lives. "So there is no ground for the government to repatriate them", the spokesman said. File photo by U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Photo by Robert Hicks/Handout via REUTERS. The military plans to move thousands of U.S. Marines to Guam from Okinawa in southern Japan. "The U.S. military has kept the bombers in the area for over a decade". Any order by the president could be executed quickly. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.
A relief goods storage is seen inside a subway station which is used as a shelter for emergency situation in Seoul, South Korea, August 11, 2017.
Some analysts expressed concern that the USA was not doing all it could to co- ordinate with Seoul, where Mr Trump has yet to nominate an ambassador.
China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, hopes all sides can do more to help ease the crisis and increase mutual trust, rather than taking turns in shows of strength, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Here's a closer look at Guam and its role in the USA and North Korea's ongoing war of words.