Japan prepares to intercept stray missiles from N. Korea

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With all the sabre-rattling of North Korea and the prospect of the waters off Guam becoming a new testing ground for its intermediate-range missiles, the people of this tiny U.S. Pacific territory seem to be taking things in their stride.

USA forces on the island were not immediately available for comment.

Zhao Liang, a 35-year-old bank teller from Beijing, said she won't be cutting short her vacation over North Korea's latest missile threats.

"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village.

He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so". It has a population of around 163,000 - comparable to a small city in the Midwest. The president, a wealthy businessman and former reality television personality, sent his tweet after North Korean state news agency, KCNA, said in a statement that "Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war". Guam officials are disseminating fact sheets to help residents prepare for a possible missile attack from North Korea.

Guam is about 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, and 3,800 miles west of Honolulu. Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam.

With North Korea threatening to send a salvo of ballistic missiles close to Guam, a US military hub in the Pacific, pressure could grow for Washington to put its multibillion-dollar missile defense system into use and shoot them out of the air.

A replica of canons used by the Spanish from the Spanish occupation on Guam in the 19th century is seen outside of government offices in Hagatna, Guam on Friday morning, August 11, 2017.

The archdiocese also asked Catholics to "pray that the Holy Spirit will instill in the leaders of our country and all nations the virtues of wisdom and understanding to promote peace rather than war".

The Guam scenario comes at an alarming time for the USA, as the Washington Post cited US intelligence officials Tuesday as saying that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, a conclusion not yet mentioned by South Korea's military. Calvo stressed in a statement that there was no imminent threat to the safety of residents or visitors.

In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Guamanian Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo (R) said "there's no panic".

Guam authorities also add that staying inside is vital, as there could be radioactive material outside.

"Let her speak for Germany", Trump said, when asked about the comment.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles. Trump said he thought US allies South Korea and Japan were "very happy" with how he was handling the confrontation.

"There's nothing to worry about at all and we'll just go on with our excursion and happily shop around".

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