Guam: Tourists continue to enjoy island amid North Korea’s threats

Guam continues to be a top tourist destination even though it is in the center of the US-North Korea tensions, which continue to rise with every day that passes. However, some of the island residents are worried about the situation: “Even though it might be an empty threat, we do need to think about it as a possibility.”

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Despite North Korean Kim Jong-un’s threats to attack the US territory of Guam, the tourists on the island are remaining calm. A tourist from South Korea, who came to Guam six days ago, said that she is not worried because she does not watch the news. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about the situation, telling him that North Korea needs to put an end to its provocations, while Pyongyang reported that millions have volunteered for military service in recent days due to the escalated tensions.

The beaches and shopping centers on the island, which is located about 3,400 kilometers from North Korea, are still packed with people. According to local tourism agencies, the situation has not impacted the industry so far but they are expecting cancellations in the coming days.

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While the tourists remain calm about the situation, the residents of the island view the tensions in a different light and are criticizing Trump. “Even though it might be an empty threat, we do need to think about it as a possibility,” said a 23-year-old student in Guam. “And thinking about it as a possibility is what I think makes me the most scared…because of who our president is, who, by the way, we don’t even have the right to vote for our president, which makes me so upset because we have someone elected into office who doesn’t care about Guam, who doesn’t think of Guam as people, as American citizens.”

A 15-year-old high school student in Guam said that everyone should be ready for the worst case scenario. “We need to expect the unexpected,” he said.



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