Kim Jong Un’s recent military posturing has brought the bizarre dictator ever closer to being able to strike the U.S. mainland with a missile, but that doesn’t mean that our nation’s outlying states are safe by any means.
The advent of intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea is an extremely recent development for the rogue regime, with only two successful tests of such devices having occurred in the history of the nation, both in July of this year. While these projectiles are believed to be capable of reaching as far as Chicago with some minor tweaks, North Korea is already likely able to send these devices to the shores of Hawaii or Guam – something that the Americans living in these locales are being forced to prepare for.
“The North Korean nuclear threat will soon enter Hawaii living rooms a little more forcefully as the state adds an ‘attack warning’ wavering-tone siren to its monthly ‘attention alert’ tests for hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes.
“At 11:45 a.m. Dec. 1, during regular siren tests on the first business day of each month, 50 seconds of the steady-tone alert will be followed by a pause and then 50 seconds of the attack warning tone, said Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer Toby Clairmont.
“Clairmont said the last time Hawaii residents heard the attack warning siren test was around 1980 during the Cold War. The siren, if used as an actual warning, would signal the need to immediately seek shelter.
“The Russian threat, now far more removed, has been replaced by the unpredictability of North Korea, which exploded a nuclear device Sept. 3 that may have had yielded 250 kilotons or more. By comparison, the Hiroshima blast was about 15 kilotons.”
North Korea’s bold advancements in rocket technology come at a particularly perilous time in which the reclusive nation is facing extreme pressure from international sanctions while still maintaining an overtly competitive attitude with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump’s message to North Korea has been a simple one: Don’t start any trouble and there won’t be any trouble. Unfortunately, that’s just not in Kim Jong Un’s DNA, and the international demand for the hermit kingdom to abandon their pursuit of nuclear weapons has fallen on deaf ears in the DPRK. With President Trump currently on an extended trip to Asia, all bets are off as to what the kooky Kim could cook up in response.