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Trump tells Guam Governor 'you are safe'

Trump tells Guam Governor 'you are safe'

North Korea says its Hwasong-12 missiles would take just 1,065 seconds to complete their 3,356km flight over Japan before splashing down in waters off the coast of Guam.

A video shows Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo laughing and joking with the president as they discuss everything from the readiness of the U.S. military to tourism.

Calvo, who noted that this is not the first time North Korea has threatened the island, bluntly told Guam residents to simply conduct their daily business "as usual".

"We are with you 1,000 per cent, you are safe", he adds.

Although nearly every major American news organization has misrepresented North Korea's missile threat as a direct response to Trump's "fire and fury" comment, the threat was actually issued in response to the U.S. Air Force moving B1-B Lancer supersonic bombers to Guam and test-firing a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. All over the world they're talking about Guam.

"Mr. President, as the governor of Guam, representing the people of Guam, and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or so confident, with you at the helm", Calvo responded.

He then reassured Mr Calvo, who he describes as a "hell of a guy", telling him the U.S. military is "rock solid".

"They should've had me eight years ago", Trump said, regarding threats against the homeland from North Korea.

The governor of Guam appeared to agree with the president, telling him "we've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy".

"It just looks like a handsome place", Mr Trump said. "I just wanted to call and say hello".

"It looks like a lovely place", he said, inviting Calvo to visit the White House the next time he is in the Lower 48.

If a warning is issued, Guam residents should take cover quickly - in a concrete structure, preferably underground - and stay there until instructed otherwise, according to the fact sheet titled "Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat".

Tensions between North Korea and the USA have escalated this week amid increasingly heated rhetoric between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Both of these factors were specifically cited by the North Korean military spokesman who delivered the missile threat to Guam.