×
E-PAPER ▾

E-paper

World

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.             

 
 
 
 
 

TOP STORIES

Sunday Edition

View All

‘Assault’ on police driver: Action against Kerala ADGP

17 Jun 2018 | VR Jayaraj | Kochi

In a swift move intended at stemming the protests brewing in the State police force against certain top officials’ ‘feudalistic’ practice of persecuting policemen and camp followers by using them as house servants, the Kerala Government on Saturday removed ADGP Sudesh Kumar, whose daughter was the other day booked for assaulting and verbally abusing his official police driver, from the position of head of the Armed Police Battalion. The action against...

Read More

STATE EDITIONS

View All

Downpour breaks heat spell in capital

18 Jun 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

After around a week, it rained heavily in the State capital on Sunday. It was a short spell of around 15 minutes, but rains lashed almost the whole city...

Read More

Page generated in 0.189 seconds.