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Guam official says the island is calm despite North Korea threat

Updated: 
August 21, 2017 - 12:05am

TOKYO— The lieutenant governor of Guam reassured Japanese on Monday that the U.S. territory is calm amid the recent tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio said at a news conference with the president of the Guam Visitors Bureau in Tokyo that Guam remains in a “state of normalcy.”

Japan is a major source of tourists for the Pacific island, with a tourism relationship that has lasted for more than 50 years.

North Korea threatened recently to launch ballistic missiles into waters near Guam. However, leader Kim Jong Un said later that he would watch Washington’s conduct before executing the plan.

Meanwhile, Tenorio told reporters that the White House has told Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo that it “is closely watching North Korea and that people on Guam have nothing to worry about.”

The U.S. and South Korea began an annual military drill Monday. North Korea typically responds to such exercises with weapons tests, though it is unclear if that would include sending missiles in Guam’s direction.

The joint training, which follows North Korea’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month, is scheduled to last for 11 days.

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