Hagatna (Guam) – Guam residents say that if given the choice they would rather face the wrath of “crazy” Kim Jong Un than the power of a typhoon, as they count down towards a threatened North Korean missile attack.
As Pyongyang’s deadline drew closer, the archbishop of the predominately Catholic US territory urged priests to pray for peace at Sunday mass and prepared for a peace rally in the capital Hagatna.
But on the streets the outward appearance remained calm, with the main concern being the approach of the typhoon season.
“To be honest, I’m more worried about the projectiles from the typhoons when we get strong winds than whatever projectiles Kim Jong Un says he will launch on Guam,” Janice Furukawa, a 58-year-old mother, said as she prepared her typhoon emergency kit at her home in the western village of Piti.
North Korea, angered by US President Donald Trump’s threat of “fire and fury”, has promised to have plans ready in a matter of days to launch an “enveloping fire” of missiles at Guam, which houses two large US military bases and is home to more than 6,000 US military personnel.