White House voices concern for Guam

CONCERN: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stands before a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 31. He said last Friday North Korea's threats have led to the administration's concern about the safety of Americans on Guam.  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday, Guam time, told reporters there’s a lot of concern about the safety of Americans on Guam who live in the shadow of North Korea’s ballistic missile threats.

“Right now, there’s a lot of concern about a lot of Americans who live in Guam,” he said in his televised interview, and added. “Right now, we think the threat is manageable but over time, if it grows beyond where it is today – well let’s hope diplomacy works.”

“I think I speak for the administration, that that state simply cannot have the (intercontinental ballistic missile) capability to reach the homeland,” Kelly told reporters Friday, in the same press conference during which he said he wasn’t quitting or being fired.

Last week, North Korea again resumed threatening to fire missiles into waters near Guam.

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