The U.S. carried out 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, including Bikini Atoll, from 1946 to 1958—supposedly for ‘the good of mankind.’ The effects were horrifying.
Jon Letman, based in Hawaii, writes about people, politics, and the environment with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region from Micronesia and East Asia to Russia, Japan and beyond.
The Olympic pause on the Korean Peninsula is a good sign. But in the meantime, in Hawaii, the U.S. is developing and deploying weapons meant to block Kim Jong Un's missiles.
Something must be done. Not just about the flawed warning system in Hawaii, but about a world in which nations are poised to destroy each other with barely a moment's notice.
The state closest to Kim Jong Un’s missiles is preparing for what was once unthinkable—and many are shrugging off the warnings.
Endless tension and the threat of conflict may make politicians sound tough and boost defense stocks, but many in South Korea are deeply tired of all this.