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Guam keeps its cool after North Korea strike threat

An aerial view of US Naval Base Guam Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 09, 2017, 12.49 PM (IST)

The Pacific island of Guam remained calm a day after the apocalyptic threats from Korea.

The threats followed after the US President Donald Trump had warned North Korea with " fire and fury" over its nuclear ambitions. Korea reverted saying it was considering missile strikes near US strategic military installations on Guam.

Governor Eddie Calvo assured the residents of Guam of their safety. He said that Guam and Washington are working together to secure the Pacific island.

George Charfauros, the territory's homeland security adviser said there was just a 0.000001 per cent chance of the North Korean missile hitting Guam.

The threat did not scare the people in Chelsea as it was like any other ordinary day for them. "I haven't heard people talk about it. The customer traffic is normal. They're just buying school supplies because the school's just opened" a shop worker in Chelsea told AFP. 

Guam, a US island territory, is a popular tourist destination. The island is inhabited by around 6000 US troops and houses two US military installations, the Andersen Air Force Base and the Naval Base Guam.

Nationalists claim that it is because of the US military that the island attracts potential threats. 

However, Calvo dismissed the claims saying the island is safe because of the US military presence.

"Those who are against the military will keep that distinction and make that argument. In the same manner, those who support the presence of the military on Guam will argue that this is what keeps us safe," he said.

The governor also said that he has been assured by the White House that a strike on the territory would be considered an attack on the United States, adding that Guam is American soil inhabited by 200,000 Americans. 

The verbal war between US and Korea has forced Germany to intervene and request United Nations Security Council to "thoroughly implement" the latest round of sanctions against North Korea.

The German foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer has asked "all sides to restraint" stressing that Germany saw North Korea as the clear "provocateur in this case and the source of our worries".   

 

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