Amid the heightened threat of a nuclear attack by North Korea against the U.S., one state lawmaker in Hawaii is looking to update the state's contingency plan in case of such an event.
Democratic state Rep. Matt LoPresti is supporting a resolution to update Hawaii's emergency preparedness, something he said has not been addressed for quite some time.
LoPresti said shelters and plans were outdated, and a new plan should be put in place that could serve as refuge for other potential events as well, such as damage by a hurricane, The Hill reported Sunday.
"They haven't been updated since 1985," LoPresti said. "I was eleven years old when they were last updated. Many of the buildings that are on the fallout shelter list don't exist anymore.
"At a time when we have this kind of saber rattling and really blustering foreign policy, it does make people a little nervous," he added.
The capability for North Korea to be able to launch a nuclear missile against the U.S. could be some time away, according to Denny Roy of the East-West Center and an expert on security issues in northeast Asia.
"North Korea doesn't yet have the capability to hit any part of the United States with the nuclear armed missile," Roy told Hawaii News Now, adding, "they're working on it."
However, Roy said he doubted North Korea would actually launch a strike against the U.S. because to do so "would mean the end of the regime and the extinction of North Korea."
Tensions have risen recently as President Donald Trump has called for North Korea to halt its nuclear arms program, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has appeared defiant. On Saturday the North Korean leader displayed its military might in a parade that included prototype intercontinental ballistic missiles during a celebration of the 105th anniversary of its founder, Kim Il Sung. North Korea also conducted a missile test Saturday night that failed.
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