Guam calm, work­ing to en­sure safety

New Straits Times - - World -

HAGATNA: Guam Gover­nor Ed­die Calvo down­played North Korea’s threat to at­tack his Pa­cific is­land state, but said the United States ter­ri­tory was “pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity” in a tele­vised speech yes­ter­day as ten­sions es­ca­late in the re­gion.

In a tele­vised ad­dress, Calvo said Guam was work­ing with Wash­ing­ton “to en­sure our safety.

“I want to re­as­sure the peo­ple of Guam that cur­rently there is no threat to our is­land or the (neigh­bour­ing North­ern) Mar­i­anas,” he said.

Guam, home to about 6,000 US troops, is lo­cated mid­way be­tween the Korean Penin­sula and the South China Sea, and houses two US military in­stal­la­tions — the An­der­sen Air Force Base and the Naval Base Guam.

Calvo said there were “sev­eral lev­els of de­fence” strate­gi­cally placed to pro­tect Guam and he had been as­sured by the White House that a strike on the ter­ri­tory would be con­sid­ered an at­tack on the US.

“They have said Amer­ica will be de­fended.

“I also want to re­mind na­tional me­dia that Guam is Amer­i­can soil and we have 200,000 Amer­i­cans in Guam and the Mar­i­anas. We are not just a military in­stal­la­tion.”

On the streets of the cap­i­tal here, there was a sense of calm.

“It’s not like there’s anything we can do any­way. This is a small is­land. There’s nowhere to run to,” res­i­dent James Cruz said. AFP

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