Speaker on N. Korea: Every threat must be taken seriously


House Speaker Ralph Demapan (R-Saipan) said yesterday that all threats, whether from North Korea or not, must be taken seriously and that “any threat is a cause for concern,” moments after sending a letter to summon members of the local Homeland Security Office.

“We just have to take extra precaution and be ready,” said the House speaker, referring to his letter addressed to Office of Homelands Security and Emergency management special assistant Gerald Deleon Guerrero.

Demapan sent a letter yesterday to Deleon Guerrero, summoning his office to appear before the House of Representatives to “provide the members with the CNMI’s preparedness, response, and mitigation plans.”

“In order to better prepare and respond to the needs of our Commonwealth’s security, it is imperative that the Legislature is kept in the loop with the latest information at all times and with the guidance of [Deleon Guerrero’s] office, [is] also prepared to respond accordingly with clear roles and responsibilities delineated and understood in advance,” wrote Demapan.

“Any threat should not be ignored and be taken seriously,” said Demapan.

The North Korean threat came about after the U.S. government, led by President Donald J. Trump, said North Korea will be met with “fire and fury” should North Korea continue to issue threats to the U.S.

North Korea, obviously not happy with the response, began claiming that they were weighing to preemptively strike neighboring island Guam with four intercontinental ballistic missiles referred to as the Hwasong-14.

Despite the ongoing threats, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said, through a statement from the administration, that he has full faith in the leadership of Trump, while Guam Gov. Eddie B. Calvo shared the same sentiments about the 45th president.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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