All Eyes on N. Korea
“Major Major Conflict Possible”
April 29, 2017
What You Need To Know
The saber rattling on the Korean Peninsula has reached dangerous levels, with North Korea test firing yet another ballistic missile despite repeated condemnation and threats from the international community. According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the missile launch took place at 10:33 AM Hawaii time from the Pukchange Airfield north of Pyongyang. Despite wildly varying mainstream media reports to the contrary, U.S. Pacific Command notes that the missile did not leave North Korean territory before crashing and did not reach the Sea of Japan.
In a highly unusual meeting on Wed, President Trump, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense and the National Intelligence Director provided a classified briefing on the North Korean threat to all 100 U.S. Senators, with many reporting the content of the briefing as grim. According to a joint statement released by Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats:
“Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our allies and the U.S. homeland.?
In an Reuters interview on Thursday, President Trump said that tensions on the Korean Peninsula were reaching a boiling point;
?There’s a chance we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely?
On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned;
“The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real.”
The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific region told lawmakers Thursday that the North Korean crisis is the worst he’s seen — testifying that it’s only a matter of time before Kim Jong Un has the capability of launching a nuclear warhead toward the United States.
Also this week, the office of the Prime Minister of Japan waned it’s citizens to prepare, saying that a missile attack from N. Korea could come with less than ten minuets warning.
Earlier in the week, the US military began installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in response to the North Korean missile threat. Known by the acronym THAAD, this anti-ballistic missile system is designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach. The missile carries no warhead, but relies on the kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming target. China has repeatedly expressed anger at the deployment given the strength of THAAD’s X Band active electronically scanned array radar that can peer deep into Chinese territory.
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World News Roundup
April 29, 2017
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NSA says to stop some warrantless surveillance of American messages
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Water security could define future conflict
UK police shoot 1, arrest 6 others in counterterror raids
US adds Saudi ISIS leader to terror list
Germany bans face veils for civil servants amid security measures
Russia steps up anti-U.S. military propaganda
Edward Snowden can stay as long as he likes, says Russia
Theresa May turns combative ahead of Brexit negotiations
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Macedonia Shaken by Violence in Parliament
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Russ ian mafia groups reportedly operate in Europe on behalf of the Kremlin
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U.S. forces to monitor situation along Syria-Turkey border
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At U.N., U.S. calls for pressure on Russia to try to end Syria war
U.S.-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign
Foreign Islamic State fighters are ‘fighting to the death’ in Mosul
Houthi rebels use another unmanned boat bomb against the Saudis
Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza’s electricity
Iran candidates square off in first TV debate
Asia weighs risk and reward in Trump ‘bromance’ with China’s Xi
Russia says use of force on North Korea would be ‘completely unacceptable’
China cautions against use of force on North Korea
South Korea paying for THAAD ‘impossible’: presidential frontrunner’s aide
North Korea seeks Southeast Asian support over ‘grave situation’ with US
US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’
North Koreans in Japan sense growing hostility
Accelerated THAAD deployment dividing South Korean Presidential candidates
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Travel Security Update
The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
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