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Asia waking up to a spike in tension between the US and North Korea Wednesday. Just hours after Donald Trump warned a fire and fury for Pyongyang and the North shot back, threatening a missile strike on Guam. But Guam's governor Eddie Calvo is brushing off the threat from Kim Jong Un.
Saying he'd been in touch with the White House and that talk of revenge by North Korea is no threat to the US territory.>> There is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea events. There are several levels of defense, all strategically placed to protect our island and our nation.
>> One of those levels of defense, a THAAD missile defense battery. The same system recently deployed in South Korea to shoot down rockets in the event of a strike from the North. Meanwhile, US ally Japan is backing up America's stance against the growing missile threat.>> The United States has said all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea, the Japanese government supports this attitude.
A source in Tokyo also told Reuters Japan isn't asking Trump to tone down his remarks. Because even though they're his strongest warning yet, they didn't actually outline any real US plans. Fellow ally South Korea sidestepped talk of Trump and called out the North's threats instead.>> This kinds of comments by Pyongyang are not helpful for the relationship between the North and South.
North Korea's threat against Guam has rattled the global financial markets. The US dollar slipped and stocks fell at the start of trade in Asia, index of market anxiety hit its highest in a month.