On August 13, 2017, Guam, which used to be known as a holiday paradise, became known as the “tip of the spear of US defense”. See Chamorro with spears in illustration.
We ordinary citizens learned that Guam is only 3379.6224 km. away from the Korean Peninsula, and that North Korea has been watching American action on Guam for some time. It is about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines.
In turn, the US has heavily fortified Guam by moving heavy strategic bombers there. At least American 6,000 armed service members are stationed on the island. It is a major port for nuclear submarines, Special Operation Forces, and also the launching point for US training exercises over the Korean Peninsula and Japanese airspace. It is the point from which the Americans are watching North Korea. The US military bases on Guam occupy almost 30% of the island, which is only 543,898 square kilometers.
We ordinary citizens also learned that The U.S.A. has remained technically at war with North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended without a peace treaty.
Tensions between the two countries began to ratchet up in 2017. In February, North Korea fired a ballistic missile, a KN-15, 500 kilometers into the Sea of Japan.
The fact that North Korean agents reportedly murdered Kim Jong Un’s half brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Malaysia) with a nerve agent made the world sit up and take notice, especially since we all saw the half-brother stumbling around the airport minutes before he died.
In March 2017 North Korea fired at least 4 extended-range Scud missiles, and possibly another type of missile, which wasn’t totally confirmed. All were fired into the Sea of Japan.
In April 2017 North Korea fired 2 KN-17s and possibly a third. Two of them exploded before reaching their intended destination. (KN-17=short-range ballistic missile or medium-range ballistic missile, sold-fueled)
In May 2017 North Korea fired 2 KN-15s, one Pukguksong-2 and another KN-17. They landed in Korea’s own sea.
In June 2017 North Korea fired 4 surface-to-ship cruise missiles and 2 KN-14s; all fell into the Sea of Japan.
In July 2017, North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles, the first of which was announced as a “gift” to the “American bastards” on their independence day.
In August 2017 North Korea successfully launched a new ballistic missile. In that same month, they announced a plan to aim missiles at Guam. The missiles would fly there in only 17 minutes and 45 seconds, and splash down on the coast of the island.
Each launch has further perfected North Korea’s technology. When the United Nations adopted new sanctions in response to their tests, North Korea accused the United States of “trying to drive the situation of the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.”
Many experts believe that North Korea has already miniaturized its nuclear capability, which means that they already have a nuclear warhead, or are about to have one.
The 45th president of the United States warned the North Korean government that if it continues to threaten the US, it would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The Chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) and the Supreme Leader of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) said “if the Yankees persist in their extremely reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and its vicinity” North Korea’s military “will wring the windpipes . . . and point daggers at their necks.” See illustration of a ritual Korean dagger.
The Supreme Leader of North Korea has been in power since late 2011. The 45th president of the United States has been in power only since January 2017. Both seem to prefer authoritarian rule. There are some experts who believe that both leaders are merely posturing and trying to keep up their popularity by way of loud threats.
Meanwhile, Guam sits in the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by beaches, palm trees, top diving areas, vacant hotels and dotted with bombs.
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Aprender inglês com Betsy é um privilégio! Com aulas dinâmicas, inteligentes, divertidas, sempre tratando de assuntos atuais, consegue ensinar e cativar! Tenho aulas com ela há muitos anos! Não pretendo parar, pois além de aprender a língua, Betsy coloca assuntos muito interessantes em pauta. Nestes muitos anos, nunca repetiu uma só aula! Grande professora!
Betsy and I worked together as teachers in an English School many years ago. The need of keeping my English fluent and updated inspired me to have classes with her, so, 3 other teachers and I formed a group for these classes. Betsy’s classes were always fun, full of new, challenging and interesting vocabulary, focusing on what was happening in the world and many times, with suggestions for our own classes. I still keep the material she prepared for us at that time and, surprisingly they are still fitted for my students. The environment where she teaches is so cozy that we believed we were abroad; this also contributed to the charm of the classes. Apart from that, Betsy and I have developed a strong friendship that has been kept alive up to now. I still turn to her whenever I need something and she never lets me down.
I really don’t know how long Betsy has been my teacher. I do know she is the best teacher I have ever had. She can join daily happenings with an admirable sense of humor that makes her classes quite unique. She is intelligent, smart, very confident and besides everything she became a close friend of us. It’s a privilege being her student.