A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

French Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations and Government Spokesperson Christophe Castaner arrives at the Elysee Palace before a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris

France called on all the concerned parties to act responsibly and de-escalate the situation regarding North Korea, after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

The strip of land in the western Pacific Ocean is roughly the size of Chicago, and just 4 miles (6 km) wide at its narrowest point. Protecting the island is the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which is used to shoot down ballistic missiles. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam's hotels and resorts, is in between.

The naval base is an important outpost for US fast-attack submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands.

Guam was the first USA territory to recognize same-sex marriage.

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If you're still sounding out the name of the island (it's [gwahm], by the way) you might not know that not only is Guam an essential military base, but one of the most pro-LGBT hubs on American soil.

Ellsworth B-1s were last deployed to Guam in August 2016, when they took over continuous-bomber-presence operations from the B-52 Stratofortress bomber squadrons from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The air base was built in 1944, when the USA was preparing to send bombers to Japan during World War II. Now, about 160,000 people live on Guam. President William McKinley ordered Guam to be ruled by the U.S. Navy.

"But Guam is a little bit different, and on the United States side, Guam or other U.S. bases in the Pacific-Asia region may be lost but the USA itself is safe".

Guam is about 2,100 miles southeast of Pyongyang, and 3,800 miles west of Honolulu. Altogether, 7,000 US military personnel are stationed on Guam.

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