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Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:47

N. Korean Missile Test Raises Stakes for Hawaii

(TNS) - North Korea’s test launch Tuesday of what could be its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile yet seems to add further justification to the state planning for what officials are still calling the “extremely unlikely” possibility of a strike on Hawaii.

News of the missile launch coincided with a news conference Tuesday that included the governor, state adjutant general, two Hawaii mayors and representatives of other islands, and state emergency officials to discuss the startup of an “attack warning” siren test Friday and other North Korea preparedness steps being taken.

Gov. David Ige said he’s not aware of any other state conducting such siren tests. Hawaii is one of the first states to comprehensively plan for a North Korean attack.

The community needs to understand this “will become the new normal as we proceed forward,” Ige said, adding, “We believe that it is imperative that we be prepared for every disaster, and in today’s world that includes a nuclear attack.”