Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 14 April 2017, 02:55 hrs, UTC, Post #170.
Accessed on 14 April 2017, 02:55 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: William Cole (“Honolulu Star-Advertiser”).
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The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has released an update on the threat of North Korean ballistic missiles to Hawaii. Over the past few months, the xenophobic North Korean regime has increased the testing of its long-range ballistic missiles, with several of them landing in seas close to Japan. Theoretically, the longer-range missiles could reach Hawaii and Alaska with warheads carrying a chemical or nuclear payload. In light of these developments, Hawaii officials are urging a complete revamping of nuclear strike scenarios affecting Hawaii.
According to “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” military reporter William Cole, Hawaii is unprepared for a ballistic missile attack from North Korea:
“President Donald Trump, who met last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida, has warned that the United States might take unilateral action against North Korea unless China does more to rein in its pugnacious neighbor. He did not mention a pre-emptive first strike per se.
Such a first strike presumably would take out the fixed launch sites at Sohae and Tonghae, but North Korea is also believed to have road-mobile launchers that could survive to retaliate — if they actually work.
With North Korea emerging as a new threat, state Emergency Management Administrator Vern Miyagi said it’s time to update the previous plans.
“If you were to ask me what is the status of North Korea, and is (a missile attack) a high probability, no, it’s a low probability,” said Miyagi, a retired Army two-star general who served at the Pacific Command as senior adviser for military support to civil authorities operations and Reserve and National Guard affairs.
“But then, so, we have to keep a lookout for that (threat). That’s why we’re talking about updating the plan. It’s an awakening. Maybe we should get involved with” fallout shelters again and identify where still-usable shelters are located, he said.
Fallout protection exists to some degree in any building, but it is most effective in heavy concrete buildings and underground structures, he said.
The agency does monthly tests with the Pacific Command using secure communications, Miyagi said. The advice in the event of a missile attack is still to duck and cover and “get into a substantial building,” he said.
“The bottom line in our plan right now is close coordination with Pacific Command, the military side, so that we understand what’s happening, and we can prepare for it with what we have — and what we have right now is very thin,” Miyagi said.”
A sobering, cautionary tale for all of us who call Hawaii and Alaska home. There’s no telling what North Korea will do if it feels threatened. The North Korean regime has been threatening many nations lately, and has even resorted to hacking into financial institutions to steal funds for its nuclear weapons program. Presently, a U.S. task force is sailing to Korea waters in a show of force. Apparently, China is reluctant to stop its unpredictable client from actually “pushing the button.” The task of ending North Korean threats may have arrived with President Donald Trump saying he won’t put up with North Korean blackmail. The next few weeks should be interesting.
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