Guam Officials Downplay N. Korean Threat of Missile Attack

Write : 2017-08-10 09:09:26 Update : 2017-08-10 11:29:12

Guam Officials Downplay N. Korean Threat of Missile Attack

Anchor: In response to North Korea’s threats to attack Guam, the top officials of the U.S. territory in the Pacific said North Korea’s missiles cannot penetrate the island’s missile defense system. The North’s threat does not appear to scare local residents much either.
Lee Bo-kyung has the details.
Report: Top officials of Guam assured that the island will be safe as it’s impossible for North Korean missiles to penetrate its missile defense system.
Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros said on Wednesday that the THAAD antimissile system based at Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo would protect the island in the event of a missile attack by North Korea.
He said that with the THAAD and other missile defense systems that there’s a point-0001 percent chance of North Korean missiles getting through that layer.
[Sound bite: Eddie Calvo - Governor of Guam]
"My homeland security adviser who is in communications with Homeland Security and the Department of Defense notes that there is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea events.”
Guam is home to a number of U.S. strategic assets such as bombers, nuclear-powered submarines and the THAAD antimissile system.
While the local residents say they are concerned about the North Korean threats, they are not scared.
[Sound bite: Resident of Guam]
“They could launch a missile at us and it could wipe us out. Am I scared? No. I mean, I've lived a good life. But it's whatever."
Hawaii, which is in the range of North Korea’s ballistic missiles, is also preparing for possible launches by the North.
Lee Bo-kyung, KBS World Radio News.

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