Some people have been worried about a up-comming missile launch by the North Koreans. Its true. The North Korean's have moved two missiles to the east coast and have been preping to use them. But these missiles can not shoot anywhere near Hawaii, nor is it believed that Hawaii is a target or anybody. North Korea has launched many missiles in the past as tests, and to also continue there provacative behavior.
The tensions with North Korea has been around since the first Korean War. After WW2, North Korea was intrusted to the Soviet Union and the South was intrusted to the United States. Both sides pushed there influence on these two territories. North Korea became a Communism while the South became a Democracy. North Korea wanted to reunite the Koreas under Communist ideology so invaded the South. America intervened and after a long war it ended in a "armistice"
It is a strong possibility that war with North Korea could happen. But more then likely, it won't happen unless North Korea attacks first. We won't allow a major attack, we will intervene if it is believed they are going to use nukes but other then that we won't attack first. Through the past years Korea has repeatedly threatened to attack, even sunk a ship and fired a few artillery shells but never went full out.
This has always been a strategy of North Korean officials to scare western countries into negotiating for more aid and food. Once they got what they wanted they would wait a couple months and start over again.
The thing that has caused the threats now to be more in the spot light is because North Korea threw out the armistice agreement, which technically means North Korea and South Korea are in full out war. And with the increase of troop movements to the border, and preparations made on artillery teams ready to start war, increases the possibility to war.
The two Koreas have been in a technical full state of war from the very start. A armistice (Basically a cease-fire) just means a agreement to end the fighting, without a peace agreement this means the war is still going.
If you look at the speeches by North Korean officials announcing the open state of war they say "Any actions will be looked upon in the sense of open state of war" meaning anything done to THEM will be looked at in the sense of open war, meaning, they more then likely are not going to do anything themselves, only saying "You do something, we will do something."
If in fact a war broke out, this is a good scenario:
At the start of the war North Korea will use its huge amount of artillery weapons to attack away at the South Korea which is in reach. One of there major targets will be Seoul, the capital of South Korea. There might be a few missiles shot out from North Korea that may target Japan or Guam but nothing big.
In the next few days will be both sides lodging artillery back and forth and clashes between ground forces along the DMZ. (De-militized Zone or the border between the two Koreas). South Korea and American, and whatever other coalition forces that take part, air forces will focus on targeting North Korea's air capabilities first. (This is a common tactic done by America in previous wars) Targeting air fields, Anti-air missiles and radar. This will be the first week or two.
The next priority will be taking out the mass amount of artillery weapons. After America and South Korea has air superiority they will focus on targets such as these, tanks and large amounts of soldiers in one area.
A large ground invasion will then most likely come from the DMZ. Smaller invasions will take place on the East and West sides of North Korea through Navel capabilities, after the small North Korea navy would be taken care of in the region. These foot holds will force the North Korean military to fight on three fronts.
In the end the fighting is said will take about 3-4 months with minimal to no damage on US soil.
I hope I helped. If you have any further questions feel free to e-mail me at Randolph_Edward@yahoo.com