CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that the rogue state would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the United States.

Sen. Sixto Igisomar also made a statement during the Senate session on Thursday regarding North Korea's threat to strike Guam with missiles. Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan. Its natives are USA citizens by birth. It has seen various popular movements pushing for greater self-government or even US statehood, most notably a significant but failed effort in the 1980s to make it a commonwealth on par with Puerto Rico. "Everyone's afraid, because we're dealing with powers that's beyond us".

Still, a certain island calm prevails amid the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

"But I have to say, I'm not laughing now", Thompson said. "And then there are people who feel like our president has been exacerbating things too".

The strip of land in the western Pacific Ocean is roughly the size of Chicago, and just 4 miles (6 km) wide at its narrowest point.

Andersen Air Force Base hosts a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the USA mainland.

Baumgartner, a supervisor at a high-end clothing store, said she was confident USA forces on the island's two bases were ready to intervene, and she bore no grudges about that military presence making Guam a North Korean target.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely", the president said on Twitter, adding "hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!"

Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the USA mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict.

Similar threats in 2013 led Guam's U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo to advocate for the THAAD system, she said in a statement Wednesday.

"There are many moods on Guam right now", Hartz says. "While we have heard threats like this in the past, I take them very seriously".

"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village. "They have said that America will be defended". "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens".

This story has been corrected to show that the North Korean announcement came Wednesday in Guam due to the global date line.

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