North Korea examines plans to attack Guam after Trump comments

Claudine Rigal
Août 14, 2017

Trump, and Chief of Staff General John Kelly, phoned Guam's governor Eddie Baza Calvo to assure him that the people of the country are safe and that the president is behind the them "1000 percent".

WASHINGTON (AP) -President Donald Trump says he's planning to add billions of dollars to the nation's anti-missile programs.

"Eddie, I have to tell you, you've become extremely famous", said the president, who telephoned from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday that if North Korea fires missiles near the US territory of Guam where the United States has military bases, the action could constitute a "survival-threatening situation" enabling Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense.

The plan calls for missiles to be fired into the sea about 40 kilometres from the coast of Guam.

"And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you", Trump added. "And again, it looks like just a handsome place". Others disagree, and many scholars of worldwide law say the legal issues surrounding attacks in self-defense are complicated and subject to interpretation. "We've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy".

Security and defense officials on Guam say there is no imminent threat to people there or in the Northern Mariana Islands after North Korea said it was examining its operational plans for attack. There are now at least 6,000 American troops and thousands of civilians living on Guam, with public safety officials issuing guidance to prepare residents for a nuclear attack.

"Do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you", it said.

"Fallout shelters do not need to be specifically constructed for protecting against fallout", it said.

It suggests having an emergency plan and supply kit and a list of potential concrete structures near home, work and school to serve as fallout shelters.

Musgrave said the US doesn't have diplomatic relations with North Korea.

"We have hope, the military is really strong", she said.

"The circumstances are unfortunate but this is a good opportunity for us to educate the world about Guam and our culture, about where we are, and who we are", Guam Visitors Bureau marketing director Josh Tyquiengco told AFP.

Trump's warning came following two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles by Pyongyang last month.

But for the people of Guam, the threats are just more of the same, the security of their island has not changed, and life is generally status quo, said Guam Senator Michael San Nicolas.

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