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Ariel Cohen, director of the Centre for Energy, Natural Resources, and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, has now warned the US Department of Defence needs to upgrade Hawaii’s missile defence system as the islands are a close target for Kim Jong-un.
Ms Cohen said: ”Senior national security leaders have stated that the US needs to work off the assumption that North Korea will have ICBM [intercontinental ballsitic missile] capabilities soon, and in this business ‘soon' could mean five to 10 years, or earlier.
"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…the [Aegis Ashore] is a proven system. Why would we protect our European allies before we protect the homeland?"