16 Aug 2017

Guam relieved at toning down of North Korean rhetoric

9:07 am on 16 August 2017

Guam's Lieutenant Governor has expressed relief at what he described as reduced aggression from North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

Mr Kim said he was reviewing plans to fire missiles at Guam waters although he called for the US to ease tension and prevent a military clash.

No caption

Lt Governor Tenorio has expressed relief at latest developments Photo: guam govt

Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio said Guam's leadership was relieved that Pyongyang appears to have backed off .

"We're happy that the rhetoric is starting to calm down perhaps from Kim Jong Un, in not at least pursuing for the moment his threats to fire missiles at Guam," Mr Tenorio said.

"Nobody wants any confrontation beyond the peace that we enjoy today."

Mr Tenorio said despite the reduced aggression nothing would change for Guam in terms of military preparedness.

Guam tourism calls for accurate reporting

The Guam visitor's bureau urged the media to report more accurately on the chance of a nuclear attack from North Korea.

Earlier Guam governor Eddie Calvo said the island had prepared for the worst despite an assurance from the office of Homeland Security that there was only a one in a million chance of a North Korean nuclear missile reaching Guam.

The Director of Guam's Visitors Bureau Jon Denight said the negative publicity was being felt in the tourism sector.

"We are getting this attention and we are getting a lot of enquires at our offices in Japan and Korea and China office and Taiwan office and a lot of our offices where we have GVB offices," Mr Denight said.

"Tourism is a very competitive industry and people's decision can be swayed by negative industry like this so that's why it is so important in getting the correct information to our potential visitors."


Guam Photo: Supplied

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs