Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

United States stocks fall again on North Korea tensions

United States stocks fall again on North Korea tensions

North Korea has made no secret its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the United States and has ignored global calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

Lewis says she hasn't been able to speak with her son in depth much, but they have been texting. On Aug. 6, the United Nations imposed sanctions on the reclusive state, which will slash the state's annual $3 billion export revenue by more than a third.

Itsunori Onodera told Japan's parliament, or Diet, that a North Korean attack against Guam would be considered an existential threat to the country and give Japan the right to activate its Aegis destroyer missile defense system. I spoke to Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield who confirmed this with me. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.

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

Additionally, I have reached out to the White House this morning. There were also other layers of protection present, but he said they could "not be discussed in detail". I will be convening the Unified Coordination Group, which includes myself and the Rear Admiral, to discuss the state of readiness of our military and our local first responders.

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. Their location in a US territory means its military is just hours from potential flashpoints in the western Pacific. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on US military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.

"I just want to make sure if anything ever happens they know what to do", he said. What information we are given, we will pass it on to you.

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