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Guam Governor: 'I Want' A President Who Will Retaliate

Guam Governor: 'I Want' A President Who Will Retaliate

"As of this morning we have not changed our stance in confidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring the situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily", said George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security advisor.

Residents woke up Thursday to another pointed threat from Pyongyang, which vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August.

After the North Korean statement, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said: "Recent reports regarding North Korea's nuclear capabilities are deeply troubling, but I remain confident that Guam remains safe and protected".

After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets.

The possibility of a nuclear confrontation is considered remote but worldwide alarm has been escalating in recent days.

But worldwide alarm escalated as President Donald Trump dug in on threats of military action.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo downplayed North Korea's threat to attack his Pacific island state but said the USA territory was "prepared for any eventuality" in a televised speech Wednesday as tensions escalate in the region.

Naval Base Guam is an important outpost for USA fast-attack nuclear powered submarines that are a key means for gathering intelligence in the region, including off the Korean peninsula and in the South China Sea where China has been building military bases on man-made islands that have stirred tension across Asia.

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It's not the first time North Korea has threatened Guam, which is a crucial, strategic hub for US forces in the Pacific.

In a televised address, Mr Calvo said Guam was working with Washington "to ensure our safety".

Trump's response to that news was to further fan the flames of belligerence between the US and the DPRK.

North Korea made a similar threat a few years ago. We are not just a military installation. North Korea is responding to the president's statement saying it is seriously examining a plan to strike Guam with a ballistic missile.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's defence system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, which can intercept missiles.

On the streets of Guam capital Hagatna, there was a sense of calm.

McAvoy reported from Honolulu.


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