Guam Stays Calm, Dismisses North Korea Threat


Bordallo called on President Donald Trump to show "steady leadership" and work with the worldwide community to de-escalate tensions and stop North Korea advancing its weapons programme.

Two U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers from Ellsworth took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, according to the Andersen Air Force base website.

Guam is armed with the U.S. Army's missile defense system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, the same system recently installed in South Korea.

Residents of the US territory Guam say they're afraid after being caught in the middle of rising tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korea, but Gov. Eddie Calvo reassured his constituents that there is no threat to the island.

In response, Trump on Tuesday threatened the communist country "with fire and fury".

The tiny US territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo also released a statement ahead of a scheduled press conference this afternoon.

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Guam, home to about 6,000 USA troops, is strategically located midway between the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea and houses two United States military installations- the Andersen Air Force Base and the Naval Base Guam.

The Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense say there will be no change to the threat level to Guam in light of the recent threats made by the North Korean regime.

"They have said that America will be defended".

Reports suggested North Korea mastered a technological hurdle needed to strike the USA with a nuclear missile.

On the streets of Guam capital Hagatna, there was a sense of calm. "It's just like a regular business day". But with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un threatening to obliterate its 210 square miles and the 175,000 people living on them, many are turning their heads to the west.

Bussewitz reported from Honolulu.