'America will be defended': Guam governor appeals for calm amid North Korea threat

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The governor of Guam has urged calm amid fears that North Korea is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US territory.

Residents of the Pacific island say they’re afraid after being caught in the middle of rising tensions between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

North Korea’s official news agency said on Wednesday that it’s examining operational plans for attacking the island, a US military hub about 1,500 miles south of Tokyo.

It came hours after President Trump threatened the communist country “with fire and fury.”

But the governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, reassured residents, saying that there was currently “no threat” to the area.

“An attack or threat to Guam is a threat or attack on the United States,” said Calvo, who said he spoke with White House officials Monday morning. “They have said that America will be defended.”


A US air-force base on Guam is a possible target for North Korea (EPA)

But residents were still concerned. Cecil Chugrad, a 37-year-old bus driver for a tour bus company in Guam, said: “I’m a little worried, a little panicked. Is this really going to happen?

“If it’s just me, I don’t mind, but I have to worry about my son. I feel like moving (out of Guam) now.”

Guam’s Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros urged calm and said defences are in place for such threats.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army’s missile defence system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, the same system recently installed in South Korea.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has threatened to strike the US with missiles (EPA)

Todd and Mitch Thompson, two brothers who are both lawyers on Guam, said they haven’t seen anyone panicking or stocking up on supplies.

“I think people are just stunned and really don’t know what to think,” Todd Thompson said.

North Korea made a similar threat a few years ago.

“I sort of laughed it off because I figured cooler heads in Washington would prevail, and it was just an idle threat,” he said. “But I have to say, I’m not laughing now. My concern is that things have changed in Washington, and who knows what’s going to happen?”

​Both brothers plan to be off-island in the coming weeks.

North Korea has previously warned the US it has missiles capable of hitting major cities including Chicago and Denver.

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