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Here's a look at the USA military's role on the island, which became a US territory in 1898. Here is a rundown on the island and it strategic importance.

The United States is likely to "seriously consider" shooting down any North Korean missiles tests aimed at the waters around the USA territory of Guam, but experts warn the technology isn't guaranteed to work.

Guam is also the home port for nuclear submarines and a contingent of Special Operations Forces. The U.S. District Court of Guam legalized it in 2015, before 14 states. That base and a USA naval base are home to about 13,000 American military personnel. Its total population is more than 162,000, according to the latest census data. The unit replaces the 9th squadron from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. "So it's important that as we make decisions that those folks that are in a position of leadership that they understand, too, that war is the last option because not only will tens of thousands of American military forces and dependent be affected by a regional war but because the western pacific has American soil in it, a couple hundred thousand Americans could get caught in the cross hairs". North Korea said a day earlier that it would create an "enveloping fire" around Guam. "Certainly, a central part of the Navy's plans, but now a central part of the entire Department of Defense's plans". Pyongyang responded by threatening to launch four ballistic missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, which hosts several military bases. Residents are USA citizens but do not pay income tax or vote in the general election for president. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan. Spain's colonial rule continued until the US took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

Japan seized it for more than two years during World War II.

'The United States will consider it an apparent attack if it lands within its territorial waters and, given the risks involved, will most likely try to shoot them down before they land anywhere close to Guam and its territorial sea, ' Lee told Reuters.

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Guam has limited self-government, with a popularly elected governor, small legislature and a non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

The North Korean army's announcement that it is examining operational plans for attacking Guam after rising tensions with President Donald Trump has brought more global attention to the tiny US territory in the Pacific than it has had in decades. The tree snakes have become huge pests and have wiped out numerous local birds and reptiles, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Despite North Korea's threat against Guam this week, she says folks are keeping their cool.

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