Missile threat is great for tourism, Trump tells Guam

President Trump calls governor of Guam to offer reassurances of safety amid North Korea threats

Mr Trump has responded to the plans with some tough talk, saying the United States military is "locked and loaded" and that the country will respond with "fire and fury" if provoked.

According to a video tweeted by the Guam News on Friday, Calvo while talking to Trump via an office phone switched the call to speaker phone to enable viewers hear the conversation clearly, Xinhua news agency reported. "All over the world they are talking about Guam, and they are talking about you".

Pyongyang said this week it is planning to launch four missiles into waters near the coast of Guam, which is a major USA military hub with a population of 163,000 - all of whom are technically U.S. citizens.

"Governor, I just want to let you know we're with you 1,000 percent", Mr Trump told Mr Calvo.

North Korean military on Thursday said it would prepare a plan by mid-August to strike Guam, a USA island territory in the Western Pacific, with intermediate missiles.

"You know, they're showing so much, it's such a big story in the news and it just looks like a handsome place", he says.

Mr Calvo responded by agreeing his home was "paradise" and had "99 per cent occupancy".


Mr Trump agreed that, "They should have had me in years ago ... frankly you could have said that for the last three presidents". If that wasn't possible, people should lie on the ground and cover their heads, it said. "Fallout radiation loses its intensity fairly rapidly".

The document, called "In Case of Emergency - Preparing for Imminent Missile Threat" was released by the Homeland Security Department and included several ominous warnings: "Do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you".

But according to U.S. president Donald Trump, the threat of nuclear armageddon will be good for local tourism.

He then reassured Mr Calvo, who he describes as a "hell of a guy", telling him the U.S. military is "rock solid".

It said brick and concrete structures were the safest places to shelter from radioactive fallout, and people should prepare to remain inside for at least 24 hours.

If correct, and if the USA allows the missiles to launch in the first place, that leaves 17 minutes for tracking stations on land and sea - including the Pine Gap facility near Alice Springs - to calculate, target and try to destroy the missiles.

North Korea has threatened Guam several times before, most recently in 2013, which prompted the United States to permanently deploy a missile defence system. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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