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    Hawaii on Edge: Testing Sirens in Wake of N Korean Nuke Trials

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    For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Hawaiians have tested a nuclear attack warning siren, in a move that follows a series of nuclear and missile tests performed by North Korea.

    It is the first since the 1980s that the US state of Hawaii has resumed its nuclear warning tests amid the increased and worrisome threat of Kim Jong-un persisting with his nuke program.

    The American state of Hawaii, in the Pacific, already conducts monthly siren tests for natural disasters, tsunamis among others. Yet, the nuclear attack warning will come in a different, slightly weaker tone, described by most media outlets as "wavering," which will encourage locals to stay indoors and await further instructions.

     From now on the practice signal will be sounded the first day of every month.

    However "wild" it may seem, the threat is tangible enough, as North Korea said a new intercontinental ballistic missile it tested last week can hit any location in the mainland US, with Hawaii being just 20 minutes away along its route.

    Vern Miyagi, who heads the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, stressed it is crucially important for the public to understand what the different tones mean and be capable of differentiating between them, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

    Wednesday’s dramatic launch of North Korea’s new Hwasong-15 long-range missile is the most recent one following 6 nuke tests in 2016 and over 20 in 2017. Experts argue it may give the country a de facto deterrence credible enough to challenge  US military power, as well as further boost Kim Jong-un’s domestic reputation. Or this may count as a prelude to further testing, the BBC wrote.​

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