Guam gov­er­nor dis­misses threat

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JA­SON MALONI, Paul Manafort’s spokesman GUAM: The gov­er­nor of Guam yes­ter­day dis­missed North Korea’s state­ment that it will de­velop a plan by mid-Au­gust to launch mis­siles at the United States Pa­cific ter­ri­tory as com­ing from “a po­si­tion of fear”, and said there was no height­ened threat.

Guam is home to 163,000 peo­ple and a US mil­i­tary base th a t i ncludes a sub­ma­rine squadron, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

“They like to be un­pre­dictable. They’ll pop a mis­sile off when no one is ready and they’ve done it quite a few times. Now they’ve tele­graphed it,” Guam Gov­er­nor Ed­die Calvo said.

“They’re tele­graph­ing their punch, which means they don’t want to have any mis­un­der­stand­ings. I think that’s a po­si­tion of fear.”

He said there was some con­cern among the pub­lic on Guam, but no panic, and the author­i­ties were “very con­fi­dent” that there was no height­ened threat de­spite the warn­ings from North Korea, which were first made on Wed­nes­day.

“There are de­fence um­brel­las in South Korea and Ja­pan. There are naval as­sets be­tween Korea, Ja­pan and Guam, and there is a mis­sile de­fence sys­tem of Guam.

“All that make up a multi-level de­fen­sive um­brella.” Reuters

Ed­die Calvo

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