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More threats are coming out of North Korea, as they announced they could be doing missile testing any day now. Is Hawaii ready if one of those missiles heads our way?
The first question that needs to be asked… does North Korea have a weapon that could threaten Hawaii?
“For the past five years, we’ve taken a look at systems that the North Koreans may have, if they have launched and tested properly that could reach out to about 5,000 miles, of which case would be within that.” Homeland Security and Defense expert Ed Teixeira said.
Teixeira spoke to KHON2 on Wake Up 2day. He’s familiar with the threats because he was head of the Hawaii State Civil Defense for many years and has dealt with North Korean threats in the past.
“It was about 2008 when Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command reached out to us and said ‘Hey you know if something does happen, an errant missile, whatever the case may be, do you have a way to warn the people in Hawaii?,'” Teixeira said.
Teixeira points to a few incidents that happened years ago as proof that Hawaii and the U.S. Armed Forces are ready. One was a wayward satellite reentering earth’s atmosphere, possibly posing danger to Hawaii. The Navy shot it down.
“Firsthand knowledge of the capabilities that we have in the nation, in our own U.S. Forces and I think the ship that took down that particular satellite NORL 21 came out of Pearl Harbor,” Teixeira said.
Then there was a North Korean satellite launch that happened a few months later.
“And by the way when you looked at launch trajectory, from North Korea the launch trajectory was right over the Hawaiian Islands,” Teixeira said.
Teixeira says State Civil Defense was put on notice once again, but the rocket launch failed.
“It really demonstrated that we have the technology in our nation, in our armed forces, to do what we need to do to protect our people,” Teixeira said.