Hawaii News Digest, 28 July 2017, 21:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15376.
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Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, has confirmed another ICBM test from North Korea, saying “we assess that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, as had been expected.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the test a “serious and real threat” to Japan’s security.
Here’s the current analysis of the launch:
“Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile, launched late Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the ICBM North Korea test-fired on July 4. The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance it traveled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.”
“Analysts had estimated that the North’s first ICBM could have reached Alaska, and said Friday that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly.”
“David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in Washington that if reports of the missile’s maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of at least about 6,500 miles. That means it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago, depending on variables such as the size and weight of the warhead that would be carried atop such a missile in an actual attack.”
In response to the continuing ICBM tests from North Korea, Hawaii Emergency Management officials are revising their nuclear disaster plans. The first step in implementing the new plan is a scheduled siren drill on Wednesday, 02 August 2017.
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