A former spokesman for the American mission to the United Nations said Saturday that he hopes the false alarm of an impending missile strike on Hawaii will spur accelerated talks with North Korea.
Earlier Saturday, an alert went out to Hawaiian residents saying there was an incoming missile attack from North Korea.
HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. THE ALERT WAS SENT OUT INADVERENTLY. I HAVE SPOKEN TO HAWAII OFFICIALS AND CONFIRMED THERE IS NO THREAT. pic.twitter.com/hwRGct2aTa
— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiPress) January 13, 2018
AGAIN FALSE ALARM. What happened today is totally inexcusable. The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 13, 2018
Several minutes later, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) issued statements describing the alert as a false alarm.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) said in a subsequent statement that his administration will investigate the incident to find a way to prevent another false alarm in the future.
Jonathan Wachtel said on America's News HQ that the incident will "hopefully... cause more stirrings and impetus to get things done more rapidly to get a negotiated settlement with North Korea."
He said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's "erratic behavior" should also be reason to rectify the tense situation between the U.S. and Pyongyang.
"We need to move on these things very rapidly," he said, adding that he also hopes the false alarm will spur the United Nations to take stronger action to prevent a real missile attack.
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