Pinoys in Guam worry about NoKor's threat

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

Guam, the tiny South Pacific island that's smaller than the city of Chicago, has been thrust into the spotlight as the dispute between the USA and North Korea continues to escalate.

"I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island", declared the Governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo.

Many have criticized Trump for promising "fire and fury" if North Korea continues to threaten the United States, especially with nuclear weapons, but Gov. Eddie Calvo seemed unbothered by Trump's approach. "And even people who make cell phones, who have substantially more testing than THAAD does, sometimes have cell phones burn up", he said.

This serves as the first mission for the crews and aircraft recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence missions.

Aircrews, maintenance and support personnel, will continue generating B-1 bomber sorties to demonstrate the continuing USA commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, providing commanders with a strategic power projection platform and fulfilling the need for anytime mission-ready aircraft, an important part of national defense during a time of high regional tension. "Some people think this is another one of the threat by North Korea and are not taking it very seriously", Analista said in a phone interview with DZMM on Thursday morning. The back-and-forth statements from the two countries followed a Washington Post report on a USA intelligence confidential assessment that concluded North Korea has made a miniaturized nuclear warhead that will fit inside its missiles. In September 2016, they threatened Guam after a flyover of B1-B bombers from Andersen Air Force Base.

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The tiny US territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military.

The island is home to U.S. "We are not just a military installation".

Last week, Graham said "If there's going to be a war to stop them, it will be over there".

Guam has been part of the USA since 1898, after the Spanish-American War. "The closer you get to that, you're stressing the performance of the system", he said. The U.S. took back Guam in July 1944. Kim claims the missiles have the capability of striking the USA mainland.

Officials at the agency would not comment Tuesday.

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