North Korea's saber-rattling worries Guam natives living in the Bay Area

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

She says the people there are aware of what's going on - but are staying calm, because this isn't the first time.

Tough talk aside, talks between senior USA and North Korean diplomats continue through a back channel previously used to negotiate the return of Americans held in North Korea.

Still, early Thursday, she found herself unable to sleep.

Guam is an island with 160,000 residents, most of whom are USA citizens, and if Kim Jong Un makes good on his threat about sending four missiles their way, these folks will have only a 14-minute warning. It has a population of around 163,000 - comparable to a small city in the Midwest. "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". With the lack of accuracy that the North Koreans have shown in the past with these missiles, this close proximity is of urgent concern.

Gilbert's son, Christian Slagle, is in the U.S. Air Force. After shrieking that US bomber flights to South Korea were also unacceptable provocations, the North Korean military threatened to use its "treasured nuclear sword" to "reduce to ashes Seoul" and "sweep Guam, the base of provocations, from the surface of the earth". Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam house an estimated 13,000 military members and their dependents. That base is one of the targets mentioned by North Korea.

US President Donald Trump responded by warning that any attack would be met with "fire and fury".

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HAGATNA, Guam-This western Pacific island is used to weathering destructive tropical storms that roll through at this time of year.

"If you were to look back at the history of Guam, we've been in the middle of this pretty much for years and years and years", Hara said, "You know, North Korea has posed these threats before, and if it wasn't North Korea it was someone else".

"There's a lot of news companies out here like CNN and they have been interviewing people", he said.

Guam's congresswoman, Madeleine Z. Bordallo, also weighed in. While this fact sheet offers extremely important survival tips in case a missile attack does happen, just the thought of being informed of these survival tips is frightening for many today as it makes the threat seem even more credible. She noted that similar threats in 2013 led to an advanced missile defense system - known as THAAD, for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense - to be permanently placed on the island as a deterrent.

Trump again reassures Calvo, saying, "We'll see how it all works out but you're not going to have a problem".

"We're not too threatened by it".

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