Not taking any chances, Guam issues guidelines on surviving a nuclear attack

A man walks by a huge national flag printed on the wall in Seoul South Korea Wednesday Oct. 26 2016

Padilla said while the North Korean threat is a source of concern, the Philippine government is optimistic that diplomatic mechanisms between North Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN), which the Philippines now chairs, will ease the tension.

Guam is a launching point for US strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by USA bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening. On Friday, the president said that USA military solutions against North Korea are now "locked and loaded".

His remarks can also be taken to mean that Washington has set the North's new nuclear test and launch of medium- and long-range ballistic missiles as the red line for launching military action.

The new warnings come a day after North Korea issued a more pointed threat - vowing to hit the waters around the island with four mid-range missiles by mid-August.

At dinner last night we hade a lengthy discussion with our children (13 &11) on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack - stay inside, put as much building material as you can between you and the outside, etc.

He added that he hopes North Korean leader will "find another path." .

Defense Secretary James Mattis warns North Korea will "lose any conflict it initiates".

North Korea's latest missile test was its 13 (and tenth successful one) since US President Donald Trump assumed office in January.

Reports suggest that Kim Jong-un does have some form of nuclear bomb, but there is disagreement over whether the country has managed to make warheads small enough to fit on its missiles.

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But some wonder whether the US will act first.

The bulk of these - about 19,000 soldiers - are from the 8th Army which is garrisoned at Yongsan in Seoul, just 25 miles from the border with North Korea.

North Korea's military said on Thursday it was considering firing four intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) around Guam, home to several U.S. military bases, according to an article in English by the regime's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), as cited by South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Meanwhile, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Japan can legally intercept North Korean missiles aimed at Guam if they pass over Japanese territory, and that Tokyo reserves the right to invoke collective self-defense to ensure Japan's security.

In addition to the military presence, Guam also relies heavily on tourism to boost its economy, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors drawn to its pristine beaches and luxury resorts in 2016. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said there was no heightened threat from North Korea. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

"Obviously, these are provocative actions aimed against security of our country and the worldwide community".

The SDF has already sent an Aegis destroyer installed with the SM-3 interceptor to the Sea of Japan, to be on alert for North Korean missiles. Previously Japan's position was only to shoot down missiles headed for its own territory.

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