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Guam’s residents concerned but have faith in US military

| | Hagatna

 The tiny US territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

But residents are increasingly worried over Washington’s escalating war of words with North Korea.

The people of Guam woke up today to another pointed threat from Pyongyang, which vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August, adding a timeline to a threat from a day earlier that North Korea would create an “enveloping fire” around Guam. Like other US territories, Guam has a sometimes complicated relationship with the US mainland but many across the island say despite the threats and concerns they feel reassured and protected by the military especially in times of tense, geopolitical sparring.

“I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot,” said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam’s most populated village. “They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens.” The possibility of a nuclear confrontation is considered remote  but international alarm has been escalating in recent days.             

 
 
 
 
 

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