Guam residents react to North Korea missile threat

ABC News' Jim Avila reports from the U.S. territory on how its more than 160,000 residents are reacting to North Korea's threat to launch missiles toward its shores.
3:52 | 08/11/17

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Thanks very much. Let's talk more about Guam. As we said the U.S. Territory on Guam in the crosshairs this morning. 167,000 Americans there. Along with two major military bases and ABC's Jim Avila is on the ground with more on how they're responding. Good morning to you, Jim. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. A mixed message from the Guam government this morning telling residents to enjoy the weekend while reminding then to listen for islandwide sirens in the event of a missile attack. This morning, all eyes turn toward this small island in the middle of the pacific as its neighbor, North Korea, four hours away by plane but just 14 minutes by icbm threatens to launch missiles towards Guam's shore, a specific threat with a timetable set as early as next week. The U.S. Territory of Guam home to more than 160,000 American citizens. U.S. Naval and air bases and more than 7,000 U.S. Troops. Overnight the island's leaders urging its citizens to remain calm but posting these drawings on the government website of how to seal off doors and windows in case of attack. We don't want to put fear on the people as well. Reporter: Here on the island a mix of apathy and controlled panic. Some seemingly unaffected. I think one of the safest places to be is where they have they're aiming. Reporter: Others blaming president trump for upping the rhetoric. He's rich, good. He has all the money. He's protection. What about us. What about those who don't have any protection to help them? Reporter: Little but strategy Guam is 3800 miles west of Honolulu and 2100 miles southeast of Pyongyang. For now most attempt to act like life goes on. The locals still filling the largest complart in the world where families seem more concerned about school supplies than military hardware falling from the sky. Guam is home to American tomahawk missile launching submarines and the b-1 bomber is based here which at top speeds can reach North Korea in 2 1/2 hours. Paula. Residents taking the necessary precaution, Jim, thanks for your reporting from Guam this morning. We want to bring in retired colonel Steve ganyard in Washington for us. Steve, good morning to you. Good morning, Paula. First and foremost the U.S. Military believes a north Korean missile could reach the waters of Guam within 14 minutes so what are our options to defuse? Well, the first option to defuse is diplomacy. About that fails the U.S. Military has two systems that could knock them down. The first would be a U.S. Navy system, the very sophisticated aegis missile system with I anew missile that could reach up and knock down any missiles from North Korea at any point in its trajectory. On the ground in Guam we have the thaad missile system. It's goalie to prevent any kind of incoming missiles from reaching Guam. So thaad is there. It's been tested but it's never been tested against four missiles and this is why they have said that they're going to shoot four of these missiles at Guam. Yeah, certainly a test for thaad. Jim referenced the many concerns people have in Guam but the U.S. Military, Steve, has not raised the threat level in the park, so how seriously is the U.S. Taking this threat right now? Paula, they're taking it very seriously. What what they're signaling they think they have the military as celts assets to take anything down. Remember the north Koreans said they would submit it for approval in mid-august so we have a little bit of time because they tend to do what they say they'll do. A little bit of time for diplomacy to stop an aggressive act by North Korea. Steve ganyard, thanks for your insight and analysis. The governor in Guam is telling

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