Abella: Plans in place if North Korea strikes near Guam

A U.S. B-1B bomber flies over Korea along with a South Korean F-15K fighter

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber sits on the runway at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam July 18, 2017.

The Philippine consulate in Agana responded to North Korea's threat to fire missiles near the USA territory of Guam with an emergency contingency plan to help the thousands of Filipinos there respond to an attack.

After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s - assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron - flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Japanese F-2 fighter jets.

The U.S. planes, which were created to carry nuclear bombs and later switched to conventional payloads, followed up the drills with Japan with a separate exercise with South Korean Forces, the ASDF said.

Japan lies only about 620 miles to the east of North Korea, which has conducted numerous missile tests this year. Both are now living in Guam with their son while he serves in the military.

PEOPLE living on the tiny Pacific island of Guam fear being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea. We are not just a military installation.

The exchange of threats has alarmed the tiny island, which is home to about 160,000 people, about 40 percent of whom are Filipinos, according to Norman Analista, president of the Filipino Community of Guam. The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy.

But there's also some resentment about not being able to vote in the general election for USA president. A huge red, white and blue ribbon is outside the airport terminal.

"We don't know what's going to happen".

God Bless the people of Guam and God Bless The United States of America.

Aircrews, maintenance and support personnel will continue generating B-1 bomber sorties to demonstrate the continuing US commitment to stability and security in the region, providing commanders with a strategic power-projection platform and fulfilling the need for aircraft that are mission-ready at any time, an important part of national defense during a time of high regional tension, Pacific Air Forces officials said.

In August a year ago, the North's Foreign Ministry warned that all US military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles.

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