Guam Delegate Bordallo: De-Escalate Rhetoric With North Korea

Bordallo: heated rhetoric would not resolve heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, rhetoric that placed the international spotlight on Guam 

By John O’Connor

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, September 01, 2017) – Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo is calling for a de-escalation in rhetoric following the recent launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea over northern Japan.

The test was conducted in response to ongoing Ulchi Freedom military exercises between the United States and South Korea. Reuters reported that the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile used in the launch was the same type the North had threatened to use against Guam earlier this month.

North Korea called the test “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam,” Reuters reported.

President Donald Trump, in response to the test, stated that North Korea’s actions only further its isolation and that “all options are on the table.”

Bordallo, however, said that heated rhetoric would not resolve heightened tensions between the U.S. and the hermit “kingdom” — rhetoric that placed the international spotlight on Guam after North Korean military leaders promised to develop a plan to launch four missiles into the waters near Guam by mid-August.

“No one wants war. And certainly, the people of Guam have been through a war,” Bordallo said. “And we’ve lost many thousands of people.... To continue to try and de-escalate, work things out, talk to each other — I know it sounds impossible...but there may be something, maybe sanctions. Whatever the case may be.”

Bordallo had been traveling with Rep. Rob Wittman, the chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, as part of a congressional delegation to oversee U.S. military capabilities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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