Friday 24 November 2017

Irishman in Guam says everyone is 'relaxed and mellow', despite missile threat from North Korea

Sean Hale (Back row with glasses) says people in Guam are 'calm'
Sean Hale (Back row with glasses) says people in Guam are 'calm'

Cillian Sherlock

An Irish man in Guam has said that locals are "very relaxed" about the North Korean missile threat to the island.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Sean Hale said life on the island has been mellow and relaxed since the threats.

“With the local Guamanians, everyone is living their day-to-day jobs. We are a very relaxed and mellow people,” Sean said.

Sean (37) is the General Manager of Shamrock’s Gastropub in Guam and was born to Irish parents on the Island.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump are trading rhetoric (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump are trading rhetoric (AP)

He said: "I do consider myself a local but, if people do ask, I always say I'm Irish and proud. Love my heritage. I'm a very proud Irishman."

Read More: North Korea outlines plan for imminent missiles launch towards Guam

North Korea has spelled out its plan to launch a volley of ballistic missiles towards Guam, dismissing US President Donald Trump's threats of "fire and fury" as "a load of nonsense".

 “It’s pretty much been a normal day. There is a lot of media attention and stuff going around on Facebook around the North Korea threat, but as far as I’m concerned no one is threatened," he said.

Following reports that North Korea might be able to launch a nuclear warhead tipped missile capable of reaching targets on the United States mainland, Mr Trump warned that "it faces retaliation with fire and fury unlike any the world has seen before".

North Korea immediately called Mr Trump's rhetoric a "load of nonsense" that was aggravating a grave situation.

North Korea stands to lose around a third of its export revenue from the new sanctions (Lee Jin-man/AP/PA)
North Korea stands to lose around a third of its export revenue from the new sanctions (Lee Jin-man/AP/PA)

North Korea further announced it was preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around Guam, the tiny US Pacific territory island which hosts 7,000 military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

Sean, who has relatives in Cork, said he has been in Guam for 37 years and his family arrived in 1962.

“Some people may be overreacting. Of course, it's a big thing and a big threat. We take it to heart when it comes to anyone threatening the island but I have full faith in the military,” he added.

He said there is a major Navy and Air Force presence in Guam and that he had also spent 10 years in the infantry.

“We have a great military here and they have done us right. There have been no problems. We have a great defence system here,” Sean added.

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