North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.
The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched in early July from the Dongchang-ni site on the north-western coast of the secretive country.
Intelligence analysts do not believe the device would be capable of hitting Hawaii’s main islands, which are 4,500 miles from North Korea.
Details of the launch came from the Japan’s best-selling newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun.
Both Japanese intelligence and U.S. reconnaissance satellites have collated information pointing to the launch, according to the report.
So, will the United States rely on the national missile defense system to protect Hawaii (shoot down the missile) or will Obama order a pre-emptive strike before the Taepodong-2 leaves the launch site?
Either way it will mean war with North Korea.
In the meantime, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ordered the deployment of additional “protections” for Hawaii – probably Aegis missile defense ships and THAAD, The Terminal Altitude Area Defense System.
Gates told reporters at the Pentagon he has sent the military’s ground-based mobile missile system to Hawaii, and positioned a radar system nearby. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight.
Joe Biden was correct. President Obama will be tested in his first six months in office by an international crisis and it looks like by North Korea. And, he really has only two choices and both lead to war.
Or, Obama can back down and accept a North Korea with nuclear armed ICBMS.
A Unha-2 rocket (Taepadong-2), supposedly carrying an experimental communication satellite Kwangmyongsong-2, as it is launched from Hwadae-gun in North Korea on April 5
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