Report: N. Korea planning to fire missile toward Hawaii

North Korea may be preparing to fire a long-range missile toward Hawaii around July 4, the Associated Press is reporting.

The country, which has taken an increasingly bellicose position toward the international community in developing its nuclear program, is reportedly preparing to launch a Taepodong-2 missile, which has a range of 4,000 miles. That apparently puts Hawaii out of range.

This news, of course, come shortly after North Korea's second recent nuclear test on May 25, several long and short-range missile tests and its threatening war last weekend in protest of U.N. sanctions following the test.

It also comes a day after Chinese and Russia leaders issued a rare joint statement on Wednesday seeking to ramp up pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program.

And earlier this week, North Korea dominated the D.C. summit between President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

North Korea's nuclear posturing is believed to be in ancitipation of leader Kim Jong Il handing off power to his youngest son, Kim Jong Un.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com