Japanese intelligence officials have warned that North Korea is preparing to fire a long-range ballistic missile at Hawaii. The weapon, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched from the Dongchang-ni site on the north-western coast. However, intelligence analysts do not believe the missile would be capable of hitting Hawaii's main islands. The archipelago is at the very limit of its range. North Korea 'plan missile launch towards Hawaii on Independence Day' | Mail Online The United States can do nothing to stop North Korea from breaking international law in the next 10 days by firing a missile that is unlikely to be shot down by the U.S. or its allies, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday. Appearing on "FOX News Sunday," Gates said North Korea "probably will" fire the missile, prompting host Chris Wallace to ask: "And there's nothing we can do about it?" "No," Gates answered, adding, "I would say we're not prepared to do anything about it." Last week, Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, said the U.S. is "fully prepared" to shoot down the missile. But Gates said such a response is unlikely. Gates: U.S. Not Prepared to Respond to North Korea Missile Launch - First 100 Days of Presidency - Politics FOXNews.com I have many comments about this one, and I'm sure those on the board do as well. The first thing that comes to mind is , to send a clear message to N. Korea and shoot it down. However, given our recent tepid response to events in Iran it's fairly clear that the new Administration is in the "lets not make anyone mad" mode.