Bordallo’s Statement on North Korea’s Threat to Guam
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today released the following statement on North Korea’s threat to Guam.
“North Korea’s most recent threat to target Guam is dangerous and it further heightens tensions in our region. While we have heard threats like this in the past, I take them very seriously and continue to engage with our DOD partners to ensure that Guam and our people remain safe. Similar threats back in 2013 led me to advocate with then-Defense Secretaries Panetta and Hagel to deploy a THAAD battery to Guam, which I worked to permanently station on island. I have also discussed these threats with Secretary Mattis, PACOM Commander Admiral Harris, and other senior leaders in the Pentagon, and they have consistently reassured me that Guam is protected.
“However these recent threats make it imperative for President Trump to work with the international community, especially with China and other stakeholders in the region, to de-escalate these tensions. The President’s statement earlier today is concerning and unhelpful and does not lay out a clear strategy on how he will address the growing threats from North Korea. Kim Jong-Un’s reckless behavior cannot be tolerated, and I strongly urge the President to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation.”