The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions. The offices stand fast and firm in their previous statements on this dynamic situation.
In a recent press release from the Office of the Press Secretary, White House, on August 14, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated, “We’re holding Pyongyang to account.”
“The statements made from Secretary Mattis and Secretary Tillerson provide insight that the United States is applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “We agree with this approach and stand with the statements of both Secretaries. While we pray that diplomacy shall win the day, we too, hold Pyongyang accountable for their actions contrary to what we know is best for the region and the world. We hold them accountable for any harm or damage to our island and the rest of the Marianas.”
In response to threats from President Trump, North Korea’s military announced last week that by mid-August, it would submit a plan to Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, for launching four ballistic missiles into waters around Guam, the United States territory that is home to American military bases.
Mr. Kim reviewed the plan on Monday and said he would wait a bit before telling the military to proceed with the missile launchings.
Korean Central News Agency reported: “He said that the U.S. imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that they would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.”
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at [email protected]