HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says the United States can't afford any mistakes by not taking threats of nuclear war from North Korea seriously.
Gabbard spoke on the House floor Thursday to say the threats are more than a far-off annoyance for people in Hawaii and Guam.
Gabbard says the United States can't afford to be complacent given intelligence that shows North Korea may be planning multiple missile launches in the coming days.
Analysts say an attack on South Korea or the United States by North Korea is highly unlikely, and that strong remarks from Pyongyang and leader Kim Jong Un are more likely a strategic move to try to win direct talks with Washington.
Gabbard says the threats show a need to increase funding for missile defense.
Thousands gathered at the memorial to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who survived.
You may remember the story we did earlier this week about the Pearl Harbor survivor who was headed here from the mainland for the ceremony, he was bumped from the flight and didn't know if he would get here in time.
It may take drivers a little longer to get around this weekend. On Sunday, there will be lane and road closures for the Honolulu Marathon.