North Korea launches another missile; no immediate threat to Guam


North Korea ballistic missiles pose no immediate threat to Guam or the Marianas despite second launch of ballistic missiles early Tuesday morning. 

Guam – For a second time in less than a week, North Korea has launched ballistic missiles, this time towards Japan’s northeast region around 7 am Tuesday morning.

According to a release from the Office of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), the launch was detected and determined not to be a threat to Guam and the Marianas.

GHS/OCD along with Government of Guam leadership were aware of the reported missile launch in real time, working with military and Department of Defense partners and advised immediately that there was no threat to Guam and the Marianas. This is the second launch out of North Korea in less than a week, the first on Saturday multiple short-range missiles into the sea east of the Korean peninsula.

There is no confirmed report at this time, whether the launch was considered successful. GHS/OCD will continue to monitor the situation.

“The launch out of North Korea this morning further solidifies the notification process from our military and Department of Defense partners,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “As soon as we were notified that there was no immediate threat to the Marianas, we were able to gather all factual and relevant information. The U.S. Department of Defense capabilities hold steadfast and our office will continue the open dialogue with them in order to keep the community up to date. GHS/OCD remains vigilant in monitoring the situation, along with other regional, national and international events.”


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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.