US-North Korean tensions prompt delay in Guam-Japan flights

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Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have prompted a Hong Kong-based airline to delay flights between the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and Japan.

Pacific Daily News reports HK Express planned to start the flights at the end of October but has delayed flights until next summer "in view of geopolitical concerns in the region."

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened Guam. It has fired two missiles over Japan including one launched on Friday.

HK Express said in a statement Friday that passengers who bought tickets will get refunds.

The company stopped Guam-Hong Kong flights in June.

Guam Visitors Bureau President and CEO Nathan Denight said that cancellation was prompted by operational cost concerns.