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No change in Guam threat level over North Korea

15 Août 2017

After threats from North Korea, residents of Guam got a lot more tense just after midnight local time on Tuesday, when a pair of radio stations on the island broadcast an emergency civil danger warning, triggering panic throughout the Pacific US territory.

The two stations, a music channel and a Christian network, alerted listeners at 12.25 a.m.

The warning lasted only 15 minutes and officials later stressed that a real emergency message would describe the type of threat.

Services were interrupted by a "civil danger warning" on several stations in the early hours of Tuesday.

Meanwhile, George Charfauros, Guam's homeland security advisor, called for residents and tourists to remain calm in spite of unconfirmed reports in the media. The test was not connected to any emergency, threat or warning.

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"There is no change in threat level, we continue business as usual".

The US territory in the Pacific has been at the centre of worldwide attention recently, amid claims by North Korea that they were planning for a potential missile strike targetting the waters near the island. Homeland Security worked with the radio station to ensure the human error will repeat itself, the release stated.

"We continue communication with our federal and military partners and have not received an official statement warranting any concern for imminent threat to Guam or the Marianas", he added.

North Korea further threatened to attack Guam and other USA territories in the Pacific region, with a government spokesman saying a strike plan was ready "to put into practise in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" on Kim's instruction.

No change in Guam threat level over North Korea