While the threat of North Korea’s capability to launch a rocket increases as time passes, Adm. Harry Harris warned the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that Hawaii will likely need more missile interceptors in the future.
Harris said he fears North Korea will attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States once they have the capability.
Already concerned about the possibility of a missile attack, the Hawaii House Public Safety Committee called for the state’s defense agency to repair and restock its hundreds of Cold War-era fallout shelters, noting that emergency plans have not been updated since the 1980s.
After a closed-door briefing with senators to speak about North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stated that past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our allies and the U.S. homeland.
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