Guam shrugs off North Korea threat - taking it in stride

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Governor Torres said he had faith in President Trump to make appropriate decisions for the security and protection of the CNMI and neighbour Guam.

At the epicenter of the rhetoric, Trump's New Jersey golf course, the president seemed to put Kim on notice, saying, "If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat - which by the way he has been uttering for years and his family has been uttering for years - or he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast".

Gaminde's remarks comes after North Korea announced earlier on Thursday that the nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam, where about 7,000 USA troops are stationed, using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

The North blamed Washington for ratcheting up tensions in the region with its flight of strategic bombers, referring to the U.S. Air Force's sending of two supersonic bombers from Guam to South Korea on a 10-hour mission last week in response to Pyongyang's second ICBM test on July 28.

Asked later by reporters to explain the remark, Trump said: "Those words are very, very easy to understand". "We are with you a thousand percent", Trump said, according to video of the call posted on Calvo's Facebook page. Trump said he thought US allies South Korea and Japan were "very happy" with how he was handling the confrontation. Neither the United States nor North Korea has embraced the plan.

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run from August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.

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Guam residents should take cover from a North Korean missile attack quickly, in a concrete structure, preferably underground - and stay there until told otherwise, a survival guide advises. The United Nations this month tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it tested two ICBMs created to carry nuclear warheads to the United States.

United States financial markets took the increased rhetoric in stride.

"I'm pretty confident that the USA will protect us".

The wording of the statement shows North Korea is "scared", a senior Blue House official said on background.

The possibility of escalation is made even more acute by the lack of any means of official communication across the Demilitarized Zone, though there has been no easing of the barrage of inflammatory comments in the US and the North since new sanctions against North Korea were announced last week.

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