CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

With North Korea threatening to send a salvo of ballistic missiles close to Guam, a USA military hub in the Pacific, pressure could grow for Washington to put its multibillion-dollar missile defense system into use and shoot them out of the air.

The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward the tiny island, which is USA territory and major military hub.

During a lengthy exchange with reporters, President Trump said that his threat to bring "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States may not have gone far enough.

The threat came after Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to stop making threats against the USA and allies.

"We are prepared for any eventuality, more so than any other American community", he said.


Pyongyang stepped up its bellicose rhetoric this week, threatening to target waters off Guam with intermediate range missiles. Amid the heated words, South Koreans are buying more ready-to-eat meals that could be used in an emergency and the government is going to expand nationwide civil defense drills planned for August 23.

Baumgartner, a supervisor at a high-end clothing store, said she was confident USA forces on the island's two bases were ready to intervene, and she bore no grudges about that military presence making Guam a North Korean target.

North Korea is actually capable of hitting Guam with its Hwasong-12. Trump said he thought US allies South Korea and Japan were "very happy" with how he was handling the confrontation.

Calvo responded by saying he feels safe and confident with Trump's leadership: "I'm glad you're holding the helm, sir".

Officials haven't raised the USA territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said.


Lavrov said the risks of a military conflict over North Korea's nuclear program are very high and Moscow is deeply anxious by the threats from both sides.

"It's just like setting off fireworks because most of their guided missiles just crash midway through flight", she said.

Trump echoed that threat Thursday, insisting if North Korea took any steps to attack Guam, its leaders would have reason to be nervous.

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US. The United Nations this month tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it tested two ICBMs created to carry nuclear warheads to the United States.

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 USA and the North since new sanctions against North Korea were announced last week.


Trump said hours later, "Let her speak for Germany".

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