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Guam governor says North Korea attack unlikely

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:58 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2013

HAGATNA, Guam >> People in the U.S. territory of Guam should not be distracted by threats from North Korea to launch a nuclear strike, Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said.

Calvo said at a news conference Wednesday in Guam that an attack is unlikely and the region is adequately protected.

"It does bring some concerns, but with those concerns also you have to temper those concerns now with the history of North Korea, both the statements that its leadership has made in the past as well as the limitations that they have in their military forces," he said.

Calvo also said he spoke with Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, and is maintaining close communications with Payne and the Pentagon.

The Defense Department cannot detail military operations, plans or intelligence, Calvo said. But he said the country is ready to defend Guam and other U.S. territories, as well as its allies.

North Korea's military threatened South Korea and the United States on Tuesday, warning that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture.

The North Korean army's Supreme Command said it will take "practical military action" to protect national sovereignty and its leadership in response to what it called U.S. and South Korean plots to attack. The statement was carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea's field artillery forces include strategic rocket and long-range artillery units that are "assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zones in the Pacific as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity," according to the statement.

A Pentagon spokesman responded by saying the threat would only further isolate North Korea.

North Korea is angry over routine U.S.-South Korea military drills and recent U.N. sanctions punishing it for its Feb. 12 nuclear test.

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whs1966 wrote:
I hope he's right, but what does he know?
on March 27,2013 | 06:47PM
serious wrote:
Right, sounds like the "Nothing to fear but fear itself" speech.
on March 28,2013 | 07:22AM
sanoname wrote:
not worried by nuke or rocket attack how about drug attack by their people pushing meth is it true all over the world because of America love for drugs we have to teach people drug is bad for us and furture let get stronger drug law so people won't use and maybe death sentence for 2 time drug pusher
on March 27,2013 | 06:47PM
IAmSane wrote:
on March 28,2013 | 07:14AM
false wrote:
Guam isn't able to influence anyone economically so why threaten Guam? It would be considered collateral damage if anything. It doesn't make a substantial contribution except to me a Navy port. The planes are leaving from the US continent so Guam has no influence. Hawaii is economically a support to the US with location and resources. It would hurt a lot to strike Hawaii, like Dec. 7th.
on March 28,2013 | 06:35PM
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