N. Korea: Entire US Within Range of Nuclear Weapons CDC to Brief on Preparing for Nuclear Detonation
January 6, 2018
On Dec 31st, the following related Flash SMS message was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
12/31 – In New Year address, DPRK leader Kim Jung-Un declared all of the US mainland now in range of N. Korean nuclear missiles, calls for immediate mass production.
What You Need To Know
On nine occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Once again, leading off our reporting is N. Korea. On New Year’s Eve, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of new threats made by N. Korean leader Kim Jung Un. During his New Year’s address to the N. Korean people, Kim stated the following:
“It should properly know that the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike weapons and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office and this is just a reality, not a threat.”
Kim went on to point out that having accomplished the
“historic cause of perfecting the national nuclear forces, what remains at this point is to mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles … to give a spur to the efforts for deploying them for action.”
On the surface, Kim’s provocative stance towards the US and others in the international community have been tempered over the last few days by gestures towards South Korea, including indications they may send a delegation to the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as well as reopening a cross-border communications channel. Established in 1971, the two Koreas agreed to use an uninhabited border village named Panmunjom along the demilitarized zone to make phone calls to each other. In stand alone buildings on each side of the border, two phones and a fax machine sit on desks. A green phone for receiving calls and a red phone for making calls. South Korea calls the North on odd dates, the North calls the South on even dates. In early 2016, the calls stopped due to a dispute over a jointly-operated factory complex. The two sides have not spoken again until this week.
Readers are reminded that on multiple occasions in the past, N. Korea has used outreach and talks with the South in order to delay pressures and buy time to achieve new goals in their nuclear and missile programs.
This week U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, played down talks between the two Koreas, saying the U.S. “won’t take any of the talks seriously if they don’t do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea. We consider this to be a very reckless regime, we don’t think we need a Band-Aid; we don’t think we need to smile and take a picture.”
On Friday of this week, Secretary of State Tillerson said, “I think the rhetoric that North Korea understands is that while it is our objective, and the president’s been very clear, to achieve a denuclearization through diplomatic efforts, those diplomatic efforts are backed by strong military option if necessary.”
CDC Briefing: Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation
In related news, late this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the scheduling of a briefing for the public health community for later this month to outline how to prepare for a nuclear detonation.
According to the CDC, “While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.”
The USGOV is beginning the process of preparing the public health community for the possibility of a nuclear detonation. This CDC meeting is just one step. Most others you will not be made aware of, including bulk procurement and prepositioning of relief supplies, specialized training for first responders and medical professionals, assessment of facilities for possible use as shelters, etc..
If the government is making such preparations, it behooves readers to consider steps that can be taken to prepare themselves and families on the home front. During the Cold War, such proactive preparedness efforts were a no-brainer and widely practiced.
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AlertsUSA continues to monitor events on the Koren Peninsula and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.
OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE
12/31 – Islamic State Al Hayat media group releases new nasheed video w/ English subtitles promising “we will break the cross” and a “war for eternity.” See email.
12/31 – Pro-Islamic State media outlets are circulating several new propaganda / threat posters warning of more attacks in the west. See email for more info.
12/31 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing active shooter situation near Denver. County Line Rd btwn Colorado Blvd and University Blvd. Multiple officers down. Avoid area.
1/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to active shooter report in area of 635 Wall St, Long Branch, NJ. Multiple causalities reported. Add’l alerts as warranted.
1/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to possible vehicular attack near Geary Blvd & 21st Ave, San Francisco, CA. Multiple injuries. Add’l alerts as warranted.
1/4 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to Amtrak train derailment, near Savannah (GA) Station, Seaboard Coastline Drive. 300+ on board. More to come.
1/4 – No injuries reported in Amtrak train derailment. Switch failure suggested as cause. Add’l alerts as warranted.
1/4 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of shots fired, Colorado State Capital, Denver. Area around near Colfax and Sherman on lockdown. Add’l alerts as warranted.
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