Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump speaks with Guam governor amid North Korea threat

Trump speaks with Guam governor amid North Korea threat

"I can tell you this - tourism, you're going to go up like 10-fold with the expenditure of no money so I congratulate you", he added.

Donald Trump's trademark bluster reached new heights on Friday, when he tweeted that US forces were "fully in place, locked and loaded" for an attack on North Korea but a top Pentagon Korea official in the Obama administration says that the president's claim is not just risky, it's false.

"They're not going to make an out of the blue strike against the U.S., Japan, Guam or South Korea because they know that's national suicide", said Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association.

Mr. Trump responded, "We're going to do a great job". It's such a big story in the news, it just looks like a handsome place. "Mr. President, I have never felt so safe as with you at the helm", Calvo told Trump. On Aug. 11, he said that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea continue its threats. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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Pyongyang said this week it is planning to launch four missiles into waters near the coast of Guam, which is a major USA military hub with a population of 163,000 - all of whom are technically United States citizens.

Referring to an "imminent missile threat", it includes advice like: "Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you". "Lie flat on the ground and cover your head". Governor Eddie Calvo during a press briefing on Friday told everyone to remain calm and enjoy the weekend.

After the tourism discussion, the two talked more about North Korea and how to deal with someone like Kim Jong Un and about partisan rancor and obstructionism in Washington, D.C.

Earlier this week, North Korea threatened to launch four missiles toward Guam.

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Guam's $5 billion economy is fueled mainly by tourism and the United States military, which occupies about 30 percent of the island and is looking to expand.

"Kim Jong Un is as insane as typhoons but I am more scared of typhoons because they are real threats", said Rolando Zepeda, 57, a teacher at Saint Anthony's School.

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".

Though dwarfed by the U.S.' military, North Korea's is still one of the largest in the world, with 1.2 million active service members, nuclear weapons, and tens of thousand of artillery at its disposal.

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And it also fits into a long-running pattern of White House officials undermining one another, both privately and publicly. Ben Cardin, the Foreign affairs committee's top Democrat, compared Trump's comments to those issued by North Korea itself.

Officials, however, have sought to brush off fears and say there has been no change in the threat level for now.

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