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No need to panic, Guam governor says after North Korea threat

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The North Korean army said Tuesday it's examining operational plans for attacking the island. Pyongyang raised the stakes just hours later, saying it was considering missile strikes near USA strategic military installations on Guam.

Guam, home to about 6,000 USA troops, is strategically located midway between the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea and houses two USA military installations - the Andersen Air Force Base and the Naval Base Guam. The bombers have been "threatening and blackmailing" the DPRK through their frequent visits to the sky above South Korea, the KCNA said.

That threat was just hours after US President Donald Trump warned the regime that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".

But it is also home to about 6,000 United States troops and houses two U.S. military installations - the Andersen Air Force Base and the Naval Base Guam.

The governor of Guam said later on Wednesday morning there was no change to the threat level.

"They have said that America will be defended".

"I know we woke up to media reports of North Korea's talk of revenge on the United States and this so-called new-found technology that allows them to target Guam", he said". "We are not just a military installation".

On the streets of the capital Hagatna, there was a sense of calm.

The submarine tender USS Emory S Land AS 39 provides support services to the various Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines and the Ohio-class guided-missile submarines at Polaris Point, Guam.

The threat is unsurprising for the more than 160,000 people who live on the small island, roughly the size of Chicago, in the western Pacific Ocean. "There's nowhere to run to", James Cruz told AFP.

"The plan is to be soon reported to the Supreme Commander (Kim Jong Un) soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment once Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the North Korea, makes a decision", said the spokesman.

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and two Japanese F-2 fighter jets took part in the drills, which were held near Japan's southern Kyushu island, according to a news release from Japan's Air Self Defense Force (ASDF).

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