North Korea Not Preparing Hawaii Missile Launch

But long-term concerns lead Gates to boost islands' defenses
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 3:44 AM CDT
In this photo taken on May 19, 2009, a couple takes a stroll along Hanalei Bay in Hanalei, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Jaymes Song)
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(Newser) – North Korea shows no sign of preparing to launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii, four US government officials tell Bloomberg. While satellites tracked preparations for at least a week before the regime's April launch, no similar evidence confirms media reports of a Hawaii-bound missile. Nevertheless, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered missile interceptors and radar tracking to boost Hawaii's long-term defense.