Action again North Korea's ballistic missiles a hard call for US

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

United States president Donald Trump assured Mr Calvo that Guam was safe, during a phone call.

The fact sheet's title: "In Case of Emergency - Preparing for Imminent Missile Threat".

"We are with you a thousand percent", Mr Trump said, according to video of the call posted on Mr Calvo's Facebook page.

On Friday, the president said that US military solutions against North Korea are now "locked and loaded". "I'm working with Homeland Security, the rear admiral and the United States to ensure our safety, and I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas". North Korea sees its nuclear arsenal as protection against the United States and its partners in Asia.

Calvo said Wednesday that "there is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea events" and that "there are several levels of defense, all strategically placed to protect our island and our nation".

The exchange capped a week of escalating warnings between Washington and Pyongyang.

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Guam's Office of Civil Defense began disseminating fact sheets Friday to help residents prepare for a North Korea missile attack.

Guam, an island half the size of Hong Kong and some 7,000 km from the USA mainland, is a target because of its naval base and air force base, from which two B-1B supersonic bombers were deployed close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.

In the fact sheet, Guam authorities advise residents to stay inside "the nearest building, preferably built of brick or concrete", for "at least 24 hours unless otherwise told by authorities".

"Lie flat on the ground and cover your head".

After a missile attack is over, Guam residents are advised to keep listening for official information from authorities to know what to do next.

"When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and not scrub or scratch the skin".

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