The U.S. representative from Guam, Madeleine Bordallo, expressed confidence Tuesday that the U.S. territory remains safe, even as North Korea makes progress with its missile weapons capabilities and threatens to strike the U.S.
"Recent reports regarding North Korea's nuclear capabilities are deeply troubling, but I remain confident that Guam remains safe and protected," Bordallo, a Democrat and non-voting delegate in Congress, said in a statement. "I am confident in the ability of U.S. defenses to protect our island and allies in the region," she added.
Her statement came after a report about a U.S. intelligence assessment which found that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its intercontinental ballistic missiles, which the country has been testing in recent months.
Bordallo's statement was also released around the time it was reported that North Korean state media broadcast North Korea's military singling out Guam as a potential target as retaliation for U.S. provocations.
The U.S. has a THAAD defense system in Guam that is meant to help guard against a missile attack. Guam, which is home to a number of U.S. military bases, is located about 2131 miles to the southeast of North Korea. Specifically, the Korean People's Army threatened to use medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 against Guam, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
Bordallo called on President Trump to show "steady leadership" and cooperate with the international community to "de-escalate the growing tensions in the region and prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear program further."
Trump on Tuesday grabbed headlines when he escalated his rhetoric on the issue, threatening "fire and fury" against the hermit nation if it doesn't stop its nuclear weapons program.
Bordallo pushed for a peaceful resolution and said the United Nations Security Council's vote last week to slap more sanctions on North Korea shows that Pyongyang's provocations will not go unanswered.