"This is an attempt on North Korea's part to ratchet things up, but I think the diplomatic channels that President Trump talked about are the ones that we're hoping, along with sanctions, that will work and not a war".
With Guam's safety in the balance, Trump assured the territory's Governor Eddie Calvo: "We are with you 1000%, you are safe".
DPRK's military said in a statement on Thursday that it would prepare a plan by mid-August to strike Guam, a USA island territory in the Western Pacific, with intermediate missiles. "We are with you 1,000 per cent", the media reported on Saturday.
"And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you", Trump said in prescient tone.
Calvo agrees, saying, "It's paradise".
"United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America", the White House said in a summary of Trump's call with Calvo. But Guam's governor said Thursday he supported Trump's stern warning to North Korea, saying "I want a president that says that".
Referring to an "imminent missile threat", it includes advice like: "Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you".
Trump tells Guam Governor 'you are safe'
In the Presidents words they are behind us '1000 percent'. "But you're not going to have a problem".
Governor Eddie Calvo during a press briefing on Friday told everyone to remain calm and enjoy the weekend.
The Government has instructed residents to be proactive and create emergency supply kits, a family emergency plan and a list of concrete shelters in their vicinity.
These are among the guidelines Guam has released as, amid escalating tensions with North Korea, the small Pacific island contemplates the nightmare scenario of a nuclear strike.
On Aug. 8, Trump told reporters than any threats from North Korea would be met with "fire and fury," comments which helped aggravate an already tetchy relationship between the two nations.
"I wish there would be less partisanship up there, this is a time of threats to the United States", said Calvo.
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