North Korea spat renews push to change Guam’s government

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By GRACE GARCES BORDALLO and CATHY BUSSEWITZ

Associated Press

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) – The nuclear conflict with North Korea that has made Guam the target of a threatened attack has led to new calls to change the government of the Pacific island.

Guam’s inhabitants are American citizens but have no say in electing the president or the use of military force. Many of its 160,000 residents have long advocated for a different form of government; they just can’t agree on what they want.

Some want to become the 51st state, or at least have more say in the government. Others want independence from the U.S. Another faction wants to eliminate the heavy American military presence on an island where 7,000 troops are stationed.

Gov. Eddie Calvo sees the growing tension as an opportunity highlight Guam’s relationship with the U.S. – and possibly make changes.

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