Over the weekend, North Korea test-launched four missiles, once again reminding the world how serious a threat the rogue nation is and causing some in the United States military to talk about the need for stronger missile defense systems.
Currently, the missile defense systems the United States has are not adequate to protect the state of Hawaii — a likely target of North Korean missile attacks, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The Hawaiian islands do not have a permanent missile defense system, though there is an experimental missile defense system called “Aegis Ashore” that is housed at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.
Defense officials have begun pressing for this system to be upgraded to permanent, rather than experimental, status. The Aegis system is one of the most advanced in the world and is already being deployed in Europe.
Ariel Cohen, director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources, and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, told the Free Beacon the need for improvement was obvious.
“This question is, do we need to wait until North Korea successfully launches a test ICBM to know that they have that capacity? The answer is no,” he said. “The (Aegis Ashore) is a proven system. Why would we protect our European allies before we protect the homeland?”
North Korea is getting closer every day to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach Hawaii or a state along the West Coast. We only have so much time before they have the ability to strike the U.S homeland.
It’s time for the United States to either take military action to stop the North Korean threat now or shore up our defenses in case the day comes that North Korea tries to attack.
We only have so many options, and President Donald Trump needs to choose wisely — before it’s too late.
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