US forces 'ready' to protect Guam against North Korea: White House

US military forces stand ready to safeguard Guam after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said early Saturday.

Published: 12th August 2017 10:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 12:05 PM   |  A+A-

North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a volley of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, and dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of 'fire and fury' if it doesn't back down. | AP

By AFP

WASHINGTON: US military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said early Saturday.

During a call with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, President Donald Trump "reassured" him that "United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America," a statement read.

It said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke with Calvo separately during an earlier call.

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