Trump jokes that North Korea's threats will boost tourism to Guam

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Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said the possibility that the Philippines could be hit if North Korea proceeded with its threat was "remote".

"Tourism, I can tell you this - tourism, you're going to go up like 10-fold with the expenditure of no money so I congratulate you", Mr Trump is heard saying on a speakerphone in a video posted to Facebook by Guam's Governor Eddie Baza Calvo. "So it's important that as we make decisions that those folks that are in a position of leadership that they understand, too, that war is the last option because not only will tens of thousands of American military forces and dependents be affected by a regional war but because the western Pacific has American soil in it, a couple hundred thousand Americans could get caught in the cross hairs".

Trump also spoke cryptically about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, telling Calvo, "You notice that he hasn't spoken recently".

"In the president's words they are behind us 1,000 percent".

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Trump's call came as North Korea is threatening an attack on Guam amid escalating tensions over North Korea's continued push to develop nuclear weapons capable of reaching the USA mainland. "All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you", the clip, about 45 seconds long, showed the President as saying. The Governor responded that he has never felt so safe and is confident with him at the helm. You are safe. We're with you 1,000 percent. "I wanted to call you and say hello, how are you?"

"You've become extremely famous".

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told the Japanese parliament that its American-designed Aegis destroyers are capable of shooting down North Korean missiles and that any attack on Guam would be considered an "existential threat to Japan" under defense treaties with the United States. It just looks like a lovely place.

"It just looks like a attractive place", Mr Trump said.

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Key Pyongyang ally Beijing, meanwhile, has pleaded with Trump to tone down his rhetoric to prevent tensions from boiling over. "But you'll be taken care of".

Before speaking to Mr Calvo, Mr Trump told reporters in New Jersey that he believed Guam would be "very safe" and threatened North Korea with "big, big trouble" if it launched an attack.

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.

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