Amid reports that North Korea plans to test-fire a missile in the direction of Hawaii, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was deploying sea-based radars and missile interceptors to the islands. While stopping short of a direct threat to shoot down the North Korean missile, Gates noted that the technology was available. "The ground-based interceptors are clearly in a position to take action," he said. "So without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say, I think we are in a good position, should it become necessary to protect American territory.

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