North Korea has not just opened up a can of worms with its recent test firing of an inter- continental ballistic missile; it has put many leaders across the world on tenterhooks. Both in Alaska and Hawaii, lawmakers have called for better U.S. defenses following the missile firing. The anxiety is quite understandable because the latest missile is seen as one that is quite capable of actually hitting Alaska.
The missile launch
The missile launch took place on Tuesday and what was most significant about the whole thing was that it was North Korea's most successful one to date. While this may be excellent news for North Korean military officials, it is quite a big cause for concern to almost all other global entities. Reflecting the seriousness of the situation was the emergency U.N Security Council meeting scheduled on Wednesday to discuss the situation and potential strategy. At the session, it is believed that U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley stressed on the need to look for diplomatic solutions rather than military ones. However, she also indicated that the U.S. has the ability to bring in military might to resolve the situation if the need arises.
Alaskan Senator calls for preparedness
Meanwhile, Sen. Dan Sullivan from Alaska has said that the news about the missile test is disturbing and indicated that it has now become quite clear that not just Alaskans but also the rest of the world is prepared. He highlighted the fact that experts think that North Korea may now have missiles capable of reaching Alaska.
Earlier, in May, The Senator along with Hawaiian Senator Brain Schatz and others brought in legislation to enhance the missile defense systems that U.S. in these locations with a view to addressing the North Korean danger.
Just last week, Senator Sullivan had made a clear statement that he believed that the question was no longer 'if' Kim Jong- UN will be able to make a nuclear strike against U.S. but 'when', indicating that he was fully convinced that the risk was steadily escalating. Hawaii has also taken a step ahead in taking the threat seriously by getting its Cold War fall- out shelters prepared for any event. Somewhat in contrast to these moves, Pentagon officials hold that they do not yet look at this as a full- up threat although it is quite clear that North Korea's intent is to escalate the issue into military action.