Micronesians trust American military might

SAIPAN – Micronesian leaders have confidence in America’s ability to defend the region from outside threats, Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr. said.

“As you know, the U.S. is responsible for the defence of Micronesia. And all of us in that respect are very proud and very fortunate that the U.S. is here to defend us,” he told Variety at the end of the three-day 23rd Micronesia Islands Forum on Friday.

In 2017, North Korea threatened the U.S. territory of Guam with a “salvo of missiles.”

Remengesau said as part of the Compacts of Free Association signed by the U.S., Palau, the Marshalls Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, “we offered our lands for military purposes or joint use. Our sons and daughters have also joined the U.S. military, and there’s a lot of cooperation that is possible and happening with the U.S. Department of Defence.” Pacnews