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USA president tells Guam governor "you are safe" via phone

USA president tells Guam governor

"This is an attempt on North Korea's part to ratchet things up, but I think the diplomatic channels that President Trump talked about are the ones that we're hoping, along with sanctions, that will work and not a war". "I wanted to call you and say hello, how are you?" "You are safe", Trump told Calvo at the start of the three minute call.

North Korean military on Thursday said it would prepare a plan by mid-August to strike Guam, a United States island territory in the Western Pacific, with intermediate missiles.

"With all the criticism that's going on over there, from a guy that's being targeted, we need a president like you".

"You've become extremely famous".

Mr Calvo responded by agreeing his home was "paradise" and had "99 per cent occupancy".

"You know what, that could happen.it looks so attractive to me", Trump said.

And he told the former hotel magnate, "We have 95 percent occupancy and after all of this stuff calms down we're going to have 110 percent occupancy".

"If caught outside, do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you".

Owner Carmen Tenorio prepares food at Red Rice a family owned Guamanian restaurant in Las Vegas on Friday Aug. 11 2017. Bridget Bennett Las Vegas Review Journal @bridgetkbennett
US could launch a preemptive strike against North Korea

A member of Trump's Republican Party, Calvo insisted during the two men's call that "I have never felt more safe or so confident with you at the helm", according to his office.

"If an attack warning is issued, take cover as quickly as you can, under concrete structure or below ground if possible", the sheet adds.

The Government has instructed residents to be proactive and create emergency supply kits, a family emergency plan and a list of concrete shelters in their vicinity.

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests previous year and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

Trump reciprocated the sentiment and suggested that the stalemate between the USA and North Korea could have had a different outcome, had he been the president in years past.

Calvo, who noted that this is not the first time North Korea has threatened the island, bluntly told Guam residents to simply conduct their daily business "as usual".

Mr Trump has said he would not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.