Guam Governor Eddie Calvo downplayed North Korea's threat to attack his Pacific island state but said the USA territory was "prepared for any eventuality" in a televised speech Wednesday as tensions escalate in the region.
I also want to remind national media that Guam is American soil and we have 200,000 Americans in Guam and the Marianas. "We are not just a military installation", said Governor Eddie Calvo.
"My Homeland Security adviser, who is in communications with Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, notes there is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea events".
Earlier in the day Republican Senator John McCain responded to Trump's "fire and fury" warning, saying "great leaders" don't threaten foes unless they're ready to act - and he's not certain President Donald Trump is ready to act against North Korea.
Like other Guam residents, Ms. Sokala has been inundated with text messages from friends on the "mainland" - islanders' term for the continental US - asking how she was doing. The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.
Madeleine Bordallo, Guam's delegate to Congress, said North Korea's nuclear capabilities were "deeply troubling", but she was confident the island was safe and protected.
The Defence Force has reportedly confirmed it has a detachment taking part in a military exercise on the Pacific island of Guam, which North Korea has threatened with a missile strike. Tests of North Korea's own missile suggest that now, the island is within the range of Pyongyang.
Still, Park said that efforts to reduce tension and promote peace must continue, and exchanges between cities can be a way to do so.
"Strong fears are spreading that nuclear weapons may be used in the not-so-distant future", he said.