Most experts don’t think that North Korea has ballistic missiles that can reach the west coast of America, but they may have some with the capability of traveling the distance to Hawaii. Since Hawaii is a US State, and somewhat vulnerable, as we found out in 1941, it does make sense that they could be a likely target for a North Korean attack.
The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today” with a ballistic missile attack and that the Pentagon should consider adding new ballistic missile interceptors and defensive radar there to counter that possibility.
Navy Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee there are already “sufficient” ballistic missile interceptors protecting the United States at Fort Greely in Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But he added there is a possibility that not every missile would be stopped in an attack. Hawaii, about 2,500 miles to California’s southwest, could benefit from having new equipment to protect itself, he said.
“I believe that our ballistic missile architecture is sufficient to protect Hawaii today, but it can be overwhelmed,” Harris said. If the United States faced a wave of incoming ballistic missiles, “someone would have to make a decision on which one to take out or not. So that’s a difficult decision.”
It makes sense that US Navy Admiral Harry Harris believes that Hawaii could be the first likely target for North Korea, so it also makes sense that ballistic missile interceptors be placed on the islands. They need an adequate defense against North Korea, and other enemy nations, some of which are also rattling their swords.