North Korean state media gave first signs of a missile strike plans on Guam in August 2017. The strike would target Andersen Air Force Base to "send a serious warning signal to the US."
The base is one of two on the Pacific island, which are the closest bases on US soil to North Korea. The US has flown bombers from Guam over the Korean peninsula in military drills with Japan and South Korea.
Dubbed the "tip of the spear," Guam is a key part of the US presence in the Pacific and is home to thousands of American service members and their families.
As part of its defenses on Guam, the US installed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in 2013. The THAAD system is specifically designed to shoot down ballistic missiles.
The report of a Guam strike came after President Donald Trump upped the ante in the rhetoric war with Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said on Aug. 8, 2017 that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the U.S.
Guam residents have been stoic in the face of potential annihilation. This woman said she was concerned for her and family and that she just wanted peace.
Guam is an unincorporated U.S. territory whose citizens are also U.S.citizens by birth. Guam is home to about 7,000 U.S. military personnel.