Friday, July 07, 2006

Did North Korea target Hawaii?

Yes, says The Jerusalem Post (reporting on a Japanese newspaper report):

The long-range Taepodong-2 was part of a barrage of seven missiles test-fired by North Korea on Wednesday. They all fell harmlessly into the Sea of Japan, but South Korean officials said the long-range missile had malfunctioned, suggesting it was intended for a more remote target.

Japan's conservative mainstream daily Sankei said that Japanese and US defense officials have concluded that the Taepodong-2 had targeted US state of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, after analyzing data collected from their intelligence equipment.

The newspaper quoted unidentified Japanese and US government officials.

Ah, what to believe here? Would North Korea really fire a missile at the U.S. -- even if just to show that it can, that is, if not necessarily to hit the U.S? Does this conservative Japanese newspaper have some sort of ulterior motive in reporting this? Does it want the escalation to continue? Who are these unnamed American and Japanese officials?

Will anyone in any position to do so confirm this report?

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