15 Aug 2017

Guam rally calls for peace

8:59 am on 15 August 2017

Community groups in Guam have staged a rally calling for peace amid escalating tension between the United States and North Korea.

The Marianas Variety reported more than a hundred Chamorro people and island residents attended the "People for Peace" rally in the capital Hagatna on Monday evening.

One of the rally organisers Kenneth Gofigan Kuper from the group Independent Guåhan said Guam's plight is a global issue.

"Any nuclear attack could be the catalyst for World War Three," Mr Kuper said.

"But the thing is though Peace can begin here. We want to show a message out to the world that peace is the only option we want.

"We do not want to be victims of nuclear bombs. We do not want to be put into a situation of existential worry for our lives."

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo told reporters on Monday there was no change in the security threat level.

Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo.

Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo. Photo: Office of the Governor of Guam

He said people should "live, business as usual."

North Korea's state media reported last week the military would have a plan ready by "mid-August" to launch four rockets which would land between 30 and 40 kilometres from the island.