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US forces ready to protect Guam against North Korea, says White House

During a call with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, President Donald Trump “reassured” him that “United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety of the people.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2017 11:34 IST
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on Friday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on Friday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.(AFP)

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, US 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.

Meanwhile, the United States demanded that North Korea “must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior” early Saturday after Trump stepped up his warnings against Pyongyang and spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping by phone.