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Trump tells Guam governor: 'We are with you 1,000 percent'

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GUAM (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Guam is telling its residents what to do if North Korea launches a missile attack at the U.S. territory, but is also calling for calm.

On Friday afternoon, President Trump called Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo to offer his support and reassurance.

"We are with you 1,000 percent. You are safe," the president said.

Calvo responded: I have never felt so safe or so confident with you at the helm."

The call came hours after Trump issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against North Korea, declaring the U.S. military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against U.S. territories or allies.

"If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat - which by the way he has been uttering for years and his family has been uttering for years - or he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf resort.

Asked if the U.S. was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that."

The compounding threats came in a week in which longstanding tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.

New United Nations sanctions condemning the North's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from Pyongyang. Trump responded by vowing to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged. The North then threatened to lob missiles near Guam, a tiny U.S. territory some 2,000 miles from Pyongyang.

Tough talk aside, talks between senior U.S. and North Korean diplomats continue through a back channel previously used to negotiate the return of Americans held in North Korea. The talks have expanded to address the deterioration of the relationship. They haven't quelled tensions, but could be a foundation for a more diplomacy, according to U.S. officials and others briefed on the process. They weren't authorized to discuss the confidential exchanges and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Earlier Thursday, Guam released a set of guidelines for residents and tourists with what to do if a nuclear strike is launched.

The two-page fact sheet includes tips like “do not look at the flash or fireball – it can blind you,” “remove your clothing to keep radioactive material from spreading,” and “take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination.”

Calvo has said North Korea’s warning of a possible missile strike on Guam was not a threat, but said the island should be prepared.  

“There is no threat to our island or the Marianas,” he said in a video message, adding that Guam is part of the United States and that the military and first responders will be ready should an attack occur.

Hawaii has also sought to prepare residents for the threat of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea, while stressing that the risk of a strike is low.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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