Bordallo says the officials reaffirmed Guam’s strategic importance in the region, highlighted by the military ‘pivot’ and rebalance of troops to Guam.
Washington D.C. – There’s little doubt Guam is the ‘tip of the spear’ for the US military in the western Pacific, after last weekend’s B-52 ‘show of force’ over the Korean peninsula.
North Korea’s done a lot of threatening of its regional neighbors in recent years, including Guam.
But Guam became the staging area last weekend for a ‘return message’ to the reclusive regime in Pyongyang–that last week claimed a successful ‘hydrogen’ bomb test.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says the nuclear-capable B-52 flight over South Korea this past weekend was not just a “demonstration of the U-S’s firm support of its allies in the region,” it further “highlighted Guam’s strategic importance and role in supporting US interests.”
Bordallo last week, met with top US military officials about North Korea’s claim it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
“They also said that while this action is still being verified, we cannot allow North Korea to continue on this path,” said Bordallo.
They assured her that US forces will maintain a “forward presence” to protect US interests and citizens.
The US is also considering sending a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to waters off the Korean peninsula next month to join a naval exercise with Seoul, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported without identifying a source. U.S. Forces Korea officials said they had no knowledge of the plan.