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Guam homeland security advisor comments on historic summit

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 4:17 PM Updated:

For the first time President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un meet during a Summit in Singapore today. Both signed an agreement that Trump described as "important" and "comprehensive." The meeting is welcoming news for Guam Homeland Security. You may recall, a direct threat by North Korea to fire a ballistic missile towards Guam has all eyes on the territory.

It was a back and forth. A war of words that set in motion what would become a scare for those living in Guam. President Donald Trump last August promising then fire and fury should the north strike. Local and military officials quick to act and prepare defense capabilities.

But, Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros says the summit is proof that the mood has changed between the President and the man Trump once referred to as Rocket Man. "For a while there I was personally having doubts that it was ever going to get off and then about a year ago it was almost inconceivable that such a summit would happen, so it's very good news. Diplomacy has finally won the day," said Charfauros.

 Despite the win, Charfauros says they are not scaling back on security, noting, "The ultimate goal has always been to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula that means both sides. I am hoping and praying that brings more stability to this region that we are in. That may pay off in other dividends as we strive to stabilize the region economically, militarily and hold up the day for terrorism."

He also hopes the meeting will be enough to prevent threats from elsewhere, adding, "It's opening doors and I am happy that both sides have come to the table."

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