Donald Trump ramps up Guam assurances over N Korea threat


Donald Trump has told Guam's Governor North Korea's threat to launch a missile strike near the remote Pacific island will boost tourism, while assuring the politician the U.S. stands behind the territory "1,000 per cent".

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo shared a video of his call with President Trump on Facebook, in which the President assured Mr Calvo the USA was behind the remote Pacific island "1000 per cent".

North Korean military on Thursday said it would prepare a plan by mid-August to strike Guam, a U.S. island territory in the Western Pacific, with intermediate missiles.

"Eddie, I have to tell you, you've become extremely famous", said the president, who telephoned from Bedminster, New Jersey, where's he on a working vacation. The Senate armed services committee member also noted that "I don't want to trust one intel report, we've learned from Iraq that you do need to be cautious".

Before the call ended, Calvo invited Trump to Guam, and Trump told him to come see him in the White House the next time he's in Washington. "I wanted to call you and say hello".

Calvo agrees, saying, "It's paradise".

But the newly released fact sheet, entitled "Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat", makes an abstract worry more concrete.

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"Good morning, good morning", the president is heard saying to Calvo. So you just take care of yourself.

"It just looks like a attractive place", Mr Trump said.

"They should've had me eight years ago", Trump said, regarding threats against the homeland from North Korea.

"The U.S. President at [golf] links again let out a load of nonsense about 'fire and fury, ' failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation", a commander of the North Korean army said, as reported by CNN. We are rock solid, and we have the best in the world by a factor of five.

The call came hours after Trump issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against North Korea, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies.

North Korea has threatened Guam several times before, most recently in 2013, which prompted the United States to permanently deploy a missile defence system.