Guam residents fear attack after North Korea warning, governor dismisses threat

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Guam residents fear attack after North Korea warning, governor dismisses threat

Guam residents fear attack after North Korea warning, governor dismisses threat

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Guam residents fear attack after North Korea warning, governor dismisses threat

Residents of the US territory of Guam say the fear after being caught amid growing tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korea, but Governor Eddie Calvo assured his constituents that there is no threat to island.

North Korea’s military said on Wednesday it was reviewing plans to attack the island, a military center about 1,500 miles south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean.

“An attack or threat against Guam is a threat or an attack in the United States,” said Calvo, who said he spoke Monday morning with White House officials. “They said the United States would be defended.”

North Korea said it had come to master a crucial technology to hit the United States with a nuclear missile. In response, Trump threatened the Communist country “with fire and fury.”

“I’m a little worried, a little panic. Will this really happen?” Said Cecil Chugrad, a 37-year-old bus driver for a tour bus company in Guam. “If it’s just me, it bothers me, but I do not have to worry about my son. I feel I’m relocating now.”

Guam Interior Security Councilor George Charfauros insisted on calm and said the defenses were in place for such threats.

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Guam sets up the US Army missile defense system Known as the High Altitude Terminal Defense Area, or THAAD, even the recently installed system in South Korea.

Todd Thompson and Mitch, two brothers, both lawyers in Guam, said they had seen no panic or get rid of supplies.

“I think people are surprised and I really do not know what to think,” said Todd Thompson.

North Korea made a similar threat a few years ago.

“I did it because I thought that cold heads prevail in Washington, and that it was just a threat in vain,” he said. “But I have to say I’m not laughing now. I’m afraid things have changed in Washington and who knows what’s going to happen?

Mitch Thompson added that he believes that “many people are not sure that the White House will make the right choice under the circumstances.”

The brothers plan to be off the island in the coming weeks.

A travel agent in Guam said they had not had an outbreak of customers wanting to book flights off the island.

“It’s not bad at all, there’s chaos,” said Mariah Sablan, who works for Golden Dragon Travel Inc. “This is like a normal work day.”


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