WASHINGTON– Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo tried to encourage calm among the U.S. territories’ residents today after North Korea publicly threatened to launch a preemptive strike on the island.
“I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas,” Calvo said in a video statement.
On Tuesday, the Pacific Air Force announced that U.S. airmen have arrived on Guam to conduct bilateral missions with Japan and South Korea in the face of North Korean aggression.
While noting there is no change to their threat level, Calvo said that he has received assurances from the White House that Guam, which hosts two U.S. airbases and is home to 200,000 American citizens, will be adequately protected.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that U.S. intelligence analysts have determined that North Korea has developed miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be attached to inter-continental ballistic missiles.
In response to the latest development, President Donald Trump promised to meet threats from North Korea with “fire and fury.”