Missile Tests No Cause for Worry, Says Retired Admiral

Rear Admiral Paul Schultz, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul Schultz, USN (Ret.)
Sung Keun Bae
Sung Keun Bae

by Joann Shin

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Paul Schultz sits easy, even with reports that one of the missiles launched by North Korea may have been aimed for waters near Hawaii.  "I don't think Americans have much to worry about," said Schultz.

Schultz is a retired Rear Admiral for the U.S. Navy.

He's worked extensively with our country's missle defense program.

He says this missile wasn't much of threat, even if it reached its target.

"If it were, by any stretch of the imagination, able to make it to Honolulu, it would have minimal damage at best.  It would be just a high explosive, take out a building," said Schultz.

Sung Keun Bae immigrated from South Korea, but has family in the North.

According to Bae, "When I heard that they shoot the missile longer range for Hawaii, I really get upset!"

Schultz says the missile launched may be more of a way to get attention, than a real threat.

"I think the North Koreans are posturing to attempt to gain world recognition.  I think they're posturing to establish one on one talks with the U.S. government."

And though the missile allegedly aimed for Hawaii, broke apart before traveling a substantial distance from the launch pad, Bae hopes for a speedy resolution.

"Somehow we have to find the right way to stop them," Bae said.