Trump jokes that North Korea's threats will boost tourism to Guam

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 12, 2017

"I wanted to call you and say hello, how are you?" Trump, who is vacationing at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

North Korea has threatened a missile strike against the US territory of Guam as tensions continue to mount, even suggesting a mid-August timeline.

In a separate interview, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense admitted the government was watching with concern the rising tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

"Don't worry about a thing", Trump said. Earlier this week, he threatened "fire and fury".

Trump on Friday furthered the rhetoric, saying the USA was "locked and loaded" to deal with the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.

Trump joked that with all of the recent attention about Guam, the island's tourism will go up ten-fold. "We are rock solid and we are the best in the world".

"Guam is more than a military base".

He said there had only been a few booking cancellations from South Korea. "In this case, it's Kim Jong-un and the North Korean regime".

"Kim Jong Un is as insane as typhoons but I am more scared of typhoons because they are real threats", said Rolando Zepeda, 57, a teacher at Saint Anthony's School.

Though it's not the first time the island or its neighbors in Asia have dealt with threats from North Korea, Tenorio is confident in the defense systems that have been put in place.

Guam hosts two USA military installations and 6,000 USA soldiers - making it an attractive target for the North.

Trump called Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo on Saturday morning and told him, "We are with you 1,000 percent".

Pyongyang has said it would take less than 18 minutes for a missile to cross the 3,400-kilometre (2,100-mile) distance to the United States territory.

But Calvo said officials haven't raised the US territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks.

Officials, however, have sought to brush off fears and say there has been no change in the threat level for now.

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