Threat level remains unchanged despite N. Korea threat to Guam


The threat from North Korea came after President Donald Trump said that any threat to the U.S. would be “met with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.” 

Guam – The Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense say there will be no change to the threat level to Guam in light of the recent threats made by the North Korean regime.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, citing a North Korea’s state-run media, reports that the hermit country is considering launching missile strikes against Guam.

But GHS/OCD says in a release that there will be no change to the threat level for Guam at this point.

“As of this morning we have not changed our stance in confidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring the situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily,” said George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security advisor. “We will continue to keep the public updated on any changes or requests for action. For now, we advise the community to remain calm, remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards.”

The threat came after President Donald Trump told the North Korea that any threat to the U.S. would be “met with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo also released a statement ahead of a scheduled press conference this afternoon.

“I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas. I spoke to Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield who confirmed this with me. My Homeland Security Advisor who is in communications with Homeland Security and Department of Defense notes that there is no change in threat level resulting from North Korea events,” the governor said.

This is not the first time that North Korea threatened Guam. In September 2016, they threatened Guam after a flyover of B1-B bombers from Andersen Air Force Base. At the time, North Korea reacted by saying, “The [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] will sweep Guam, the base of provocations, from the surface of the earth.”

Just a month before, a squadron of B1-B Lancers, B52s and B2-Spirit stealth bombers conducted training exercises in and around the skies of Guam and the Marianas leading North Korea to release a statement saying, “Whet more sharply the treasured sword of nuclear weapons of justice” and “all the U.S. military bases in the operational theatre in the Pacific including Guam will face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack to be mounted by the army of the DPRK.”
As far back as 2013, the DPRK threatened Guam after B52s out of Andersen Air Force Base flew near the North Korean border. That threat led Guam Governor Eddie Calvo to change the territory’s threat level from green to yellow.