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CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

12 August 2017

Many fallout shelters - created to protect people from nuclear weapon attacks - were built as the USA and Soviet Union raced to develop atomic weapons during the Cold War, which spanned from the late '40s to early '90s. Worries have escalated nationwide as Trump offered sharp words for the North Korean leader's latest threat.

As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to escalate, a southern IL woman worries about her family on the U.S. Island territory of Guam.

The Japan Times reports that Patriot missiles are being placed along the west coast of the country to make good on Japan's promise to intercept any missiles North Korea fires at Guam.

"I'm constantly watching to see what the updates are", she said.

Fourteen minutes is not long to prepare for a potential catastrophe.

But for now, Walker said he will mainly continue his push for a larger military presence in Alaska.

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In a separate statement attached to the article, Postol, an expert in ballistic missile defense, stated that while existing ballistic missile defenses "will never work reliably", there is still time to develop a defense system with available US technology.

Sullivan visited South Korea with a delegation of US senators a year ago, was deployed there as a Marine, and considers himself "kind of a Korean War history buff", he said in an interview.

Trump suggested a report on more funding for missile defense could be coming in the next week, which Karako said could be a sign that the Pentagon completed its preliminary study from its missile defense review. "The U.S. came here because I think they wanted the land and they helped us out with the Japanese, because I think they wanted the land". One of the lingering questions is whether North Korea fires at Guam, or near it, as the current version of Pyongyang's missile plan reportedly specifies. But a current US boost-phase capability hasn't been fielded.

"This is not an issue you want to play around with", he said, noting that he'll advocate for more funding when the annual National Defense Authorization Act goes to the Senate floor for a vote in September.

Guam is home to a U.S. air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 United States military personnel. "We are going to be increasing the anti-missiles by a substantial amount of billions of dollars".

Sullivan said the nation's diplomatic efforts "must be backed up with credible military options".

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"The fiscal 2018 request continues the fiscal 2017 request funding profile, but looks like a cut because of Congress's additional appropriations", she said.

"He needs to watch what he says. That's the key. Not blustery".

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski did not offer a response to the president's comments, but, like Sullivan, argued for a focus on "ensuring that the Defense Department maintains adequate defensive and offensive capabilities to address any threat from the Pacific".

The Senate Armed Services Committee authorized $9 billion for missile defense, while the House Defense Appropriations Committee approved $8.6 billion, according to CSIS.

It is also a permanent home to a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor. Both Japan and the United States have ships equipped with SM-3 missiles designed for ballistic missile defense. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

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CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea