The Huffington Post is reporting that North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, possibly even over the Fourth of July holiday. The report originated from the top-selling newspaper in Japan, the Yomiuri Daily. No government officials or U.S. military officials have confirmed the report.

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The report states that a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched from North Korea’s northwestern coast. The report indicates that the missile could fly over Japan, and then continue toward Hawaii. The missile likely would not reach Hawaii, but the action would be a clear provocation against the United States.

It would also be a direct challenge to Barack Obama, as Hawaii is his home state.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States are already high after North Korea conducted its second nuclear test on May 25, and launched a series of missiles into the sea. The U.N. condemned the actions and imposed additional sanctions on North Korea.

A missile launch toward Hawaii would be a clear message to the United States and the world. North Korea is trying with all its might to obtain weapons that can threaten the United States and its neighbors and will continue to do so no matter what economic or diplomatic pressures are placed on it.

The question for Obama, if this report is true: Now what? Will North Korea become his Cuban Missile Crisis? Will he have to face down Kim Jong Il with the threat of war, as Kennedy did with the Soviet Union?