By: Agence France-Presse
Guam’s chief stated Monday that “sometimes a bully can only be stopped with a punch in the nose”, in a spirited defence of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against North Korea which has the island in its crosshairs.
While Trump’s critics accuse him of inflaming tensions with Pyongyang, Guam governor Eddie Calvo stated he was grateful the US chief was taking a robust stance against North Korean threats against his Pacific homeland.
“Everyone who grew up in the schoolyard in elementary school, we understand a bully,” Calvo informed AFP.
“(North Korean leader) Kim Jong-Un is a bully with some very strong weapons… a bully has to be countered very strongly.”
Calvo, a Republican, stated Trump was being unfairly criticized over his dealing with of the North Korea disaster, which escalated when Pyongyang introduced plans to launch missiles towards Guam in a “crucial warning”.
He stated North Korea had threatened Guam — a US territory which hosts two giant navy bases and is house to greater than 6,000 navy personnel — at the very least 3 times since 2013.
He stated earlier presidents had additionally used robust phrases to warn off Pyongyang, stating Barack Obama stated final 12 months that “we could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals”.
“One president (Obama) said it one way, cool and calmly with a period… the other said fire and fury with an exclamation point, but it still leads to the same message,” Calvo stated.
He rejected strategies that Trump and the North Korean dictator have been as dangerous as one another when it got here to the sabre-rattling taking part in out within the western Pacific.
“Well there’s only one guy that has vaporised into a red mist his uncle or a general because he fell asleep in a meeting with an anti-aircraft gun, that’s Kim Jong-Un,” he stated.
“There’s only one guy that’s killed his brother with one of the most toxic nerve agents ever created, that’s Kim Jong-Un.”(AFP)