The US state of Hawaii have produced a “Plan of Action and Milestones” for a new ballistic missile defence initiative in an active response to the hermit states harrowing threats.
A Hawaiian state official described nuclear contingency plans as “formidable and critical to the survival of our 1.4 million residents and visitors in the unlikely event of a nuclear detonation”.
The plans include “reviewing existing procedures for mass casualty and fatality management”, in addition to “conducting in-service training for key staff regarding weapons effects”.
North Korea’s oppressed citizens were seen “celebrating” in recently released propaganda photos after the latest successful missile test.
Analysis of the launch by South Korea and the US confirmed the secretive state now had enough power and technology to hit Hawaii.
US politicians urged Mr Trump to open dialogue with Kim Jong-un instead of antagonising him as the results could be catastrophic.
In a letter to the President they wrote: “Few decisions are more needing of debate than a move to launch attacks, or declare war, on a nuclear-armed state such as North Korea.
“In such a volatile region, an inconsistent or unpredictable policy runs the risk of unimaginable conflict.”
Hawaii’s nuclear response plan had not been updated since the height of the cold war in 1985.
A transcript of Mr Trump’s phone call with his Filipino counterpart revealed the US have prepared for military action.
He said: “We have a lot of firepower over there. We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all.”
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.
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.