The tropical island is a key strategic location in the western Pacific Ocean for the USA military, but that also makes it a potential target as the closest American territory to North Korea.
But should it? Could it?
North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
Lavrov said Russian Federation doesn't accept the North's nuclear weapons bid and pointed at a proposal by China and Russian Federation under which Pyongyang would freeze its nuclear and missile tests while the USA and South Korea would halt their military drills.
Now the USA mainland is in range of North Korean missile attacks and this makes the current situation very different from previous periods of tension. Trying to intercept the missiles, however, would open up a whole new range of potential dangers. Korea reverted saying it was considering missile strikes near U.S. strategic military installations on Guam.
South Koreans are buying more gold and ready to eat meals, while the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defence drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension.
Asked Friday if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".
South Korean analyst Lee Sang Hyun from the Sejong Institute think-tank told The Straits Times that both the United States and North Korea are issuing "maximum threats" to each other, a situation that can continue for weeks, or even months.
In particular, doubts remain over whether it has perfected re-entry technology for its warheads. But Trump said Friday that millions of Americans support their president "sticking up" for the USA and its allies.
The North's missile and nuclear programs have been shrouded in secrecy for years, but recent tests have shed more light on their capabilities. It would send a very strong message but leave more room for de-escalation than a pre-emptive strike against military facilities or other targets on the ground. Three weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was legal throughout the U.S., including all its territories.
Of course, if the U.S. determines that North Korea has launched a missile targeting the USA, the President would have to decide whether to retaliate. The U.S. military has also conducted two ICBM interceptor tests since May.
All of Seoul's 25 districts will participate in the drill this year, Shim said, compared to just five last year. The North has also been testing advanced solid-fuel missiles and submarine-launched missiles, with a mix of successes and failures. The THAAD system is specifically created to shoot down ballistic missiles.
But it's highly questionable whether either or both would be able to take down the full salvo of four North Korean missiles. "That brings him more in line with Mattis and with longstanding US policy, not to initiate hostilities but to respond with great force if attacked". Trump must work toward policy coordination within his administration and ramp up cooperation with USA allies, including Japan and South Korea.
Even if it were successful, a policy of shooting down missiles would undoubtedly raise tensions, and put an uncomfortable squeeze on American allies on the front lines.
"Sim Tack, a senior analyst for private intelligence firm Stratfor, said the Japanese batteries are designed for protecting the area where they are deployed, "(they are) not meant to shoot missiles out of the sky as they pass over Japan at high altitude".
Trump echoed that threat Thursday, insisting if North Korea took any steps to attack Guam, its leaders would have reason to be nervous.