June 18th, 2009
03:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Gates: U.S. ready if North Korea sends missile toward Hawaii

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the United States could defend itself against a missile should the North Koreans launch one toward Hawaii.

Japanese media reported Thursday that the North Koreans are preparing to make such a launch.

Gates said U.S. officials are watching the situation carefully.

"We do have some concerns if they were to launch a missile" toward Hawaii, he told reporters.

But with missile interceptors and radar equipment in the region, "we are in a good position should it become necessary to protect the American territory," Gates said.

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  1. Sniffit

    Seriously, take a second to compare the things the GOPers are saying about the role of our military in foreign policy to the manner in which a 15 year old guy acts at a school dance when confronted by another 15 year old guy. "Hey NK, I'll see you at the Dairy QWueen parking lot after school or I'm gonna tell everyone you chickened out."

    June 18, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Question for Obama

    What now, Grasshopper?

    June 18, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. arc, Lugano CH

    Robin June 18th, 2009 4:05 pm ET
    But it will take a few days for Barack to "ponder" the situation and write a wonderful speech.
    Robin: The United States is prepared for such an event should North Korean take its ill-timed saber rattling to the next level. The President of the United States is advised by both Democrats and Republicans; all of whom are more knowledge and experienced to deal with these matters than both you, or I, or anyone on this board. The President will protect you, even if you didn’t' vote for him and dislike him so.


    June 18, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Change in America

    North Korea need to be dealt with soon they think we are scare of them I feel sorry for the 2 lady over there against there will..President Obama please deal with North Korea soon I am tired of there war head president...

    June 18, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Ken

    You can count on the fact that all these little neo-chicken-hawks posting on here will follow in the proud footsteps of their hero GW Bush. They will talk the talk by clamoring like hell to go to war, but rest assured they will be way in the rear of the line when it comes time to actually sacrifice to go to war. Its the age-old story, the empty wagon makes the most noise, and there is no more of an empty wagon than any one of these remnant [R]ightwingers that post on here with their panties in a bunch because America woke up and threw them out of power.

    June 18, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    N Korea is just trying to get attention. It would be nice to get a coalition of countries to cut off all aid and trade to them. They would starve to death in no time. This, however, would provoke them to do something really really crazy like chemical attacks on S. Korea. That would be really bad. I think the thing to do is ignore them and keep tighteing the sanctions. Let the little tin horn dictator rattle his sword all he wants, he knows he can't take us in a fight. Have a nice day!

    June 18, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. bill

    I do not believe that North Korea would attack the United States of America because unlike the first Korean War the north does not have the full and unwavering support of China due to the fact that the US and China are so economically interwoven and more or less the Chinese only care about controlling civil disobedience and collecting on all the money we have borrowed from them through out the years. The real problem is that we are all so worried about being “safe” and it seems that we are so afraid to accept our own mortality. We look to politicians to keep us safe and that is the real problem. Worry about your family and keeping them safe from the thugs that are running our streets today. You have a better chance of getting robbed,shot,and the victim of a home invasion then you do being attacked by terrorist or a dying dictator somewhere far away. How many people die right here daily in our own country and not by the hand of some other country but by our own so called citizens. Support the right to bare arms and support the right to protect those you love the most not from a low statistical threat far away but from a very high one here at home.

    June 18, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA June 18th, 2009 3:53 pm ET
    Shoot a rocket right up their ass Gates. Right into the heart Poyauang or whatever it's called
    Dutch, You sure your a liberal? You sound like us "war mongering" conservatives! You sure you want to go this route and not the route of the UN? All they seem to want to do is write "sternly " worded love notes! Wait a minute!, Somebody else is using Dutch's handle!
    whoever you are stop it!

    June 18, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Left CNN ticker a few weeks ago and with some prompting from my daughter, I stopped in to read a few comments. Guess today might not have been the best day to do so . . .

    The right still as full of themselves as ever are continuning to go off half cocked with their "witty" zingers while the left is still defending themselves and the Obama presidency.

    Best I leave well enough alone.

    June 18, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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