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Donald Trump ramps up Guam assurances over N Korea threat

Donald Trump ramps up Guam assurances over N Korea threat

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

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

In the Presidents words they are behind us '1000 percent'. "We are with you 1,000 per cent", the media reported on Saturday.

These are among the guidelines Guam has released as, amid escalating tensions with North Korea, the small Pacific island contemplates the nightmare scenario of a nuclear strike.

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They called me from the White House this morning and both assured me that the people of Guam are safe.

Mr Calvo, a second-term Republican, said he had "never felt more safe or so confident" than with Mr Trump at the helm.

The three-minute conversation was recorded in a video published by Mr Calvo's office.

This is not to say that North Korea will not respond to President Trump's remarks with plenty of blood-curdling threats, but it is important to note that the threat universally cited by the mainstream media as Kim Jong-un's terrifying push back against Trump's bluster was, in fact, a threat issued for entirely different reasons - both of them involving American military forces located on US soil. "We've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy". And I wanted to call you and say hello.

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Tensions between North Korea and the USA have escalated this week amid increasingly heated rhetoric between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "But you're going to be taken care of".

"We are with you 1000 percent", Trump said.

Trump praised the military, bashed an "obstructionist Congress" and told Calvo how tourism would be boosted for Guam without spending money. "I'll talk to you anytime you need, and again, it looks like just a attractive place".

"It just looks like a lovely place", Mr Trump said. Both of these factors were specifically cited by the North Korean military spokesman who delivered the missile threat to Guam. 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".

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