Guam's governor says he's 'never felt' safer

US President Donald Trump has told Guam Governor Eddie Calvo over the phone that "You are safe".

Pyongyang says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defense against perceived USA hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea.

With all the sabre-rattling of North Korea and the prospect of the waters off Guam becoming a new testing ground for its intermediate-range missiles, the people of this tiny U.S. Pacific territory seem to be taking things in their stride.

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

South Korean citizens and the media have been less shy about ripping into both Trump, for his threat, and the government of President Moon Jae-in, for not taking the USA president to task for evoking a potential war that would likely result in tens of thousands of Korean deaths.

Trump has pushed China to do more to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program.

North Korea threatened to attack Guam after President Trump offered a short and stern warning against any such action against the United States.

"Doesn't the Moon Jae-in government have to say something about Trump's over-the-line comments?"

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Tensions have escalated between the US and North Korea as the communist regime continues testing and expanding its nuclear program, reporting this week that it can now fit nuclear warheads on missiles.

He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so".

American and South Korean officials said they would move forward later this month with the exercises, which North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. I think it's important to be strong, but at the same time be calm.

"We know that it's serious", Austin J. Shelton III, a marine biologist and the executive director of the Center for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam said in the Times article. State-run media ensures that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but doesn't convey any sense of worldwide concern about the situation. "She's certainly not referring to the United States, that I can tell you".

Trump doesn't just need to "justify" THAAD's Northeast Asian deployment in the eyes of Russia, China and the global community at large, but most importantly he needs to convince his new South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In that this move is in his country's best interests.

In response, Calvo said he has "never felt more safe or so confident" with Trump in charge. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin.

"Hopefully it will all work out", he said.

"We still hope and believe that common sense will prevail."The annual joint US-South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to proceed as scheduled starting on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman".

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