Guam's governor: 'There is no threat' but American island 'will be defended'

In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.

He did not elaborate on Guam's defences but the island houses two U.S. military installations, and is also armed with a sophisticated weapons system known as THAAD, which can destroy short, medium and intermediate-range missiles in their final phase of flight.

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

"I've had enough briefings with the military, there's a multilayered defense starting from Korea, Japan as well as in the western pacific as well as our assets here in Guam with the THAAD missile defense system that American communities will be protected", Calvo said. He said he had been in touch with the White House and there was no change in the threat level. "I condemn the nuclear tests and missile provocations that North Korea has been carrying out as if it's unbridled".

Trump's comments came after a Washington Post report said North Korea has built a miniaturized nuclear warhead.


It is about 3,500 kilometers southeast of North Korea, much closer than it is to the United States. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said.

A Japanese defence paper and a US media report said Tuesday that North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

"Tensions will continue to mount and could eventually develop into a black swan event that the markets are not prudently considering", Steve Hanke, professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, said. About 6,000 United States marines are stationed in Guam, and there are plans to send thousands more.

"Tension is mounting when it comes to the global situation surrounding nuclear weapons", Nagasaki mayor Tomihisa Taue told a ceremony marking the attack.

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