Philippines prepares for N Korea's Guam missile threat

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"We are improving our readiness not only in the air, but as a logistical support team", Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement.

Lewis says she hasn't been able to speak with her son in depth much, but they have been texting.

"Regarding Filipinos in Guam, the embassies and consulates in general, including the one in Hagåtña, Guam, have contingency plans which are regularly updated to enable them to respond to emergencies", Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a news conference.

According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu.

A social media post stating a commanding officer briefed military personnel on a North Korea missile attack is false.

Philippines prepares for N Korea's Guam missile threat
Philippines prepares for N Korea's Guam missile threat

He said the North would finalize a plan by mid-August to fire four mid-range missiles hitting waters 30 to 40 kilometers (19 to 25 miles) away from the island. They have said that America will be defended.

"Evacuating our people here may be hard, but we just have to prepare for it", he said.

On Thursday, ACTS OFW Party-list Rep. John Bertiz urged the government to prepare response measures in case tensions between the two countries continue to escalate. "Our best diplomats, strategists, negotiators, and problem solvers must be at or near the table of the National Security Council". Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam. But residents are increasingly anxious over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea.

It's not the first time North Korea has threatened Guam, which is a crucial, strategic hub for US forces in the Pacific.

I am working with Homeland Security, the Rear Admiral, and the United States to ensure our safety.

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