Guam, Accustomed to Weathering Storms, Braces for Threat of Missiles

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Guam, Accustomed to Weathering Storms, Braces for Threat of Missiles

On Wednesday, the governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, said in a video addressing the people of Guam that "there is no threat to our island or the Marinas".

"It's virtually impossible because there are tens of thousands of them here. But we know that the multiple layers of defense that protect our island, along with the rest of our partners and our allies in the region, we have confidence in them".

"At the same time, we have both our civil government work in collaboration with the military regional command here that is prepared for any type of contingency".

"He's talking tough, talking insane but nonetheless it'll be fine,"said Perez". He then reiterated his criticism of Graham, and his plea for policymakers to remember the vulnerability of Guam and the Marianas when making their plans.

"So I think there is still a lot of room for dialogue, a lot of room for talks..."

"Tell Tucker to come to vacation on Guam!"

Back on Oahu, Sonny Perez is far from being fixated on the end of the world, having heard threats from North Korea's dictator before.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stopped on Guam to refuel overnight on his trip from Asia. For that reason Coffman advises that even if North Korea launches missiles into waters near Guam, it should not automatically trigger a war.

The U.S.is working on its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, otherwise known as THAAD.

Larry York, a Navy veteran stationed in Guam as a program manager for the Department of Navy, says North Korea's threats aimed at the territory don't scare him.

"When I was there, there was rattling from the North Koreans, they were doing drills in schools for bombs", Pettigrew added.

Calling President Trump's "fire and fury" warning "a load of nonsense", North Korea issued a new, more specific threat - a show of "absolute force", promising to fire four missiles in the waters surrounding the US territory of Guam.

US diplomats aren't giving up on avoiding a military conflict.

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