Valley natives visiting from Guam reflect on North Korea threat

Guam strategic US territory under threat

Guam strategic US territory under threat

Guam is thousands of miles away from North Carolina, with a 14-hour time difference.

Aflague is hoping for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean threat.

Life on Guam is also deeply tied the military bases and the service members stationed at them.

But some wonder whether the US will act first. He and his family say the current political climate makes them uneasy.

He added, "Now is the time to rally behind our commander-in-chief...in order to protect our nation and the proud citizens of our country living in the US territories". But the Cruz family feels the need to check in.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo has backed Mr Trump, saying "I want a president" who defends American territories with tough talk. "There is a lot of media attention and stuff going around on Facebook around the North Korea threat, but as far as I'm concerned no one is threatened".

He said they are coordinating with the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense.

This was in line with the growing threat of missile strike from North Korea, in consideration of the safety of Filipinos in neighboring countries Japan, Guam and South Korea.

Contreras said one of her cousins who lives in Seattle even canceled a planned trip to Guam next week because of the rising global tension. "We pray that no lives will be lost and that both leaders, as well as the other leaders of the world, will calm down and think about their people".

"If you were to look back at the history of Guam, we've been in the middle of this pretty much for years and years and years", Hara said, "You know, North Korea has posed these threats before, and if it wasn't North Korea it was someone else".

The threat is unsurprising for the more than 160,000 people who live on the small island, roughly the size of Chicago, in the western Pacific Ocean.

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