North Korea will 'regret' taking any action against Guam

Aaron Brown
August 14, 2017

North Korean military on Thursday said it would prepare a plan by mid-August to strike Guam, a USA island territory in the Western Pacific, with intermediate missiles.

President Donald Trump told Guam's governor Saturday morning that the US territory is "not going to have a problem" and its people are safe. In talking about the heightened worldwide attention to the island, Margaret Metcalfe, director of Calvo's Washington office, said: "None of this is good publicity". "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said. Nobody asked for it. "We certainly don't what to do anything that would put our families at risk".

The U.S. -South Korea exercises are an annual event, but they come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward the tiny island, which is U.S. territory and a major military hub.

Trump has been escalating his rhetoric against North Korea, but says he hopes "it will all work out". "They should have had me eight years ago... She's certainly not referring to the United States, that I can tell you".

The new leader was initially skeptical about this, and part of the reason why he was elected is because he campaigned on a mildly pro-sovereign platform, which made him stand out against the more traditional pro-American candidates. Some residents remained calm, even as the government advises them on what to do in case of a missile attack.

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Such threats are not at all new for Guamanians, and awareness among mainland Americans is simply heightened now because of the attention from the media, said Metcalfe, a national committeewoman for the Republican Party of Guam who ran for Congress in 2014 and 2016.

And on Wednesday, the same day the Korean Central News Agency announced the threat, the visitor's bureau shared a news release saying Guam's tourism numbers have hit a new record.

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"I wish there would be less partisanship up there", Calvo told Trump.

Gov. Calvo went on to express his faith in President Trump's handling of the North Korea threat.

It is the latest warning since he said earlier this week that North Korea faces "retaliation with fire and fury unlike any the world has seen before".

"So, with all the criticism going on over there for a guy who's doing what's positive, we need a president like you".

Still, Trump on Friday sought to project the military strength.

Trump said he did not want to talk about diplomatic "back channels" with North Korea after USA media reports that Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, has engaged in diplomacy for several months with Pak Song Il, a senior diplomat at Pyongyang's United Nations mission, on the deteriorating relations and the issue of Americans imprisoned in North Korea.

"Mr President, as the Governor of Guam, representative of Guam's people, and as an American citizen, I felt never more safe and confident with you at the helm", the Governor said with a smile.

These are just some of the phrases President Donald Trump has uttered in the past week regarding North Korea - not to mention tweets.

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