North Korea could nuke Hawaii due to gaps in America's missile defence system
Kim Jong-un looks intent on conducting a sixth nuclear missile test and, with tensions between the hermit state and Washington at fever pitch, there appears to be every chance he could fire one at his sworn enemy’s territory.
Only Hawaii and Los Angeles appear to be in immediate range, but America’s missile defence system on the Pacific island is in need of improvement, according to US Admiral Harry Harris.
He said the defences, while potentially serviceable now, could easily be overwhelmed one day – especially if Kim Jong-un continues to expand his arsenal.
New radar systems will have to be implemented in Hawaii, as well as greater missile interceptors, according to the top military man – and the risk of not doing so is grave.
If North Korea fired the nuclear warhead they tested in 2013, which would be less powerful than that currently being tested, and it struck Honolulu, it would kill around 38,120 people, according to a nuclear fallout calculator.
This is a North Korean missile that could be attached to a nuke
A further 43,860 civilians would be injured and, if the wind was blowing in north westerly direction, the entire island would be engulfed in putrid radioactive clouds.
Admiral Harris said: “I don't share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States…once they have the capability.”
There are also fears that Kim Jong-un would not need to develop a fully functioning nuclear bomb, rather he could strap a nuclear device to an existing inter-continental missile and use that to target Hawaii.
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Discussions on this issue are currently taking place at the highest level, with 100 members of the Senate ordered back to Washington today to discuss the matter with President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.
One consideration is that a strike on Pyongyang would surely lead to a retaliatory strike against Seoul – an issue hammered home today by Kim Jong-un, who conducted his largest ever live fire exercise involving hundreds of tanks and aircraft.
This is the predicted fallout if North Korea nuked Hawaii
A preemptive strike on North Korea would presumably have to obliterate the entire military in one foul swoop to avoid such consequences.
China yesterday urged both sides to be cautious, but said Pyongyang would ultimately come off worse in direct conflict.
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Inside a nuclear bunker that could survive war with Kim Jong-un
Both Russia and China have been massing troops in the Korean Peninsula, as have America and China.
If Kim Jong-un declines to conduct a sixth nuclear test and cuts short his entire nuclear programme, then there is the possibility of a deescalation – but without that, the possibility of direct conflict between multiple states on the Korean Peninsula appears to be an ever increasing possibility.