The missile test plans might seem like a reckless response to Mr. Trump's warning that he would unleash "fire and fury" on the North if it continued threatening the United States.
After North Korea's second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 28, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a speedy deployment of the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile defence system, reversing his earlier decision to postpone it pending an environmental review.
The naval base is an important outpost for USA fast-attack submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands. Here are five things you might not know about the territory.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber prepares to take off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission to Japan and the Korean peninsula on August 7, 2017. File photo by U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Photo by Robert Hicks/Handout via REUTERS.
There are more United States military personnel serving in Japan than in any other country. We want our island-style groove just like we always have. Up to 12 nuclear-powered submarines are also available. About 7,000 USA soldiers and their families live on the island, which has a population of 160,000, according to the Associated Press.
The U.S. set up the Naval Station in Guam in 1899, designating the whole island as a base.
In addition to tourists, the island also hosts around 5,000 U.S. troops at two USA military bases. During the 1991 Persian Gulf war, the administration of George Bush led an effort to push Iraqi forces out of Kuwait while dissuading Saddam Hussein from employing chemical weapons. They would fly over southwestern Japan and land as close as 30km from Guam, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday.
The naval base dates to 1898, when the US took over Guam from Spain after the Spanish-American War.
As an unincorporated USA territory, citizens of Guam can not vote in general elections.
America's day may begin in Guam, but people who live there don't exactly want it to be the place to start on another world war. However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the USA presidential election.
GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres on Thursday expressed full trust and confidence in President Donald Trump's leadership amid mounting tensions with North Korea.
The island of Guam is located approximately 4,000 miles West of Hawaii, and 1,500 miles East of the Philippines. Also, the USA routinely uses Aegis-equipped warships around the island chain of the Marianas, of which Guam is the largest. It covers a total of 210 square miles - approximately the size of Chicago.
"This range would put the US territory of Guam and the far western tip of the Aleutian Islands chain within reach", it said, but cautioned that range estimates would depend on the weight of the payload.
A married gay man carries the rainbow and US flags at a celebration rally in West Hollywood, California, following the 2015 Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.