WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 9-24-17

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North Korea Threatens H-Bomb Test in the Pacific

 

September 23, 2017

  

Between Sept 20-23, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

 

9/23 – N. Korean radio & TV broadcast gov statement declaring the US “should be totally destroyed and wiped off the surface of our planet.” Monitoring…

9/23 – Overnight: AlertsUSA monitoring series of low mag seismic events near DPRK nuclear test site. Thus far, gov agencies concur all are likely natural events.

9/21 – DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says country may conduct hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific in response to POTUS threat of destruction. See email for more info.

9/21 – Full text of Kim Jung Un’s earlier statement has been sent via email.

9/20 – Be advised that FEMA & the FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wed, Sept 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT. http://bit.ly/2fbocO1

 

What You Need To Know

 

On 10 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most pressing for this report, on Thursday evening, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of a threat made by N. Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho stating that the country may conduct a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean in response to threats made by President Trump regarding N. Korea’s continuous stream of provocative and highly dangerous actions.In the last three weeks alone these actions include numerous threats as a result of UN sanctions, an underground nuclear test on September 3rd, as well as two long-range missiles fired over Japan which ultimately impacted in the Pacific Ocean.

Earlier Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un issued a rare statement in his own name, lashing out at President Trump just hours after broad new sanctions were put in place in a bid to derail the North’s nuclear and missile programs. In response to President Trump’s speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Kim Jung-un stated that the country would respond with the “highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history.

Readers should not dismiss the seriousness of the increasingly tense situation on the Korean Peninsula. The dangers posed by N. Korea’s missile launches alone (all unannounced) has resulted in numerous airlines, including Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines and Swiss Air, to change their flight routes to avoid crossing directly over the Sea of Japan amid growing concerns of an accidental strike. This concern is very real. After North Korea’s second long-range missile test in July, it was revealed that Air France flight 293 from Tokyo to Paris had flown across the rocket’s flight path just 10 minutes beforehand.

If the same reckless behavior is shown with an atmospheric detonation over the Pacific without appropriate international notification and planning, the effects could be disastrous, potentially knocking out the sensitive, unshielded electronics of aircraft over a broad area, not to mention that of maritime traffic and potentially even satellites in low-Earth orbit.

According to the Comprehensive (Nuclear) Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), of more than 2,000 test detonations that have been conducted since the advent of nuclear weapons, more than 100 were carried out in remote locations in the Pacific by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France. In the Marshall Islands and French Polynesia, the local population suffered from higher rates of cancer, birth defects and thyroid disorders, and a host of environmental impacts remain to this day.

According to a report by the Lowy Institute, N. Korean nuclear tests have demonstrated a track record of steadily increasing yields. With the September underground detonation of a thermonuclear weapon, the continued testing of such weapons on land is highly impractical given their small size, lack of large, unpopulated areas and geographic proximity to other nations. So future testing in international waters is the only practical option remaining if they intend to further refine the capabilities of these weapons.

Once again AlertsUSA warns that when the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:

Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, 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.

 


 

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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

9/20 – Total electrical blackout reported in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. AlertsUSA monitoring..

9/19 – Plumes of smoke and dust seen across Mexico City. Significant structural damage reported.

9/19 – M7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City area. Epicenter located east of the city in the state of Puebla. AlertsUSA monitoring for damage reports.

9/18 – POTUS has signed an Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico in adv of CAT 5 Hurricane Maria. SE U.S. residents / Carib travelers should be paying attention.

9/18 – AlertsUSA monitoring shelter in place order for ZIP codes 21060, 21225 and 21226 ZIP codes in S. Baltimore due to gaseous acid leak from nearby plant.

9/17 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of acid attack on two Americans outside of Marseille, France train station. Both victims hospitalized, 41 YO suspect in custody.

9/16 – New protests in St. Louis. Current largest is Delmar Loop / Wash Univ area. 11 LEOs injured last night. Use caution if in the area. Supplementals via email

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A sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 rappels from an MH-60 Seahawk, belonging to the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25), at Naval Base Guam, August 22, 2017. EODMU 5 conducts mine countermeasures, improvised explosive device operations, renders safe explosive hazards and disarms underwater explosives such as mines. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis). - ALLOW IMAGES

World News Roundup

 

September 23, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Wounded but still deadly: Al-Qaeda ‘posing threat’ to Washington
Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery
Entire towns in Mexico flattened as scale of EQ damage emerges
Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico’s disaster becomes clear
DoD Discloses Meeting With Russian Military To Prevent Accidental lashes
Erdogan protesters beaten and ejected from New York speech
Navy $5 Billion Deal Builds New Nuclear-Armed Columbia-Class Sub
Air Force scrambles to train more pilots for new aircraft
Robotic delivery: Drones could deliver you and your gear to the fight

EUROPE

Kremlin: Russia never placed political ads on Facebook
Russia’s Lavrov says US, N.Korea in ‘kindergarden fight’
Lavrov says US has no proof of Russian vote meddling
Straws in the wind for a reset in US-Russian relations
How Sweden is Balancing its Security in the Baltics
Boats of Spanish military blocked by Catalan ports as unrest grows
Catalonia independence bid – what you need to know
Germany expels second Vietnamese diplomat over abduction

MIDDLE EAST

Iraq PM: Half of IS families detained near Mosul are Turkish
Israeli strikes hit weapons depot by Damascus airport
UN to help Iraq build war crimes cases against IS extremists
Turkey, Iran promise sanctions over Iraqi Kurdish independence move
Saudi Arabia to test Tehran’s influence in Iraq
Gulf Crisis Still Smolders As Washington Searches for Options
Iran’s Hassan Rouhani vows to boost missile defenses despite US criticism

ASIA

Here’s A List Of North Korea’s Most Memorable Insults
Countries To Stay Away From Olympics In S. Korea Over Security
Does DPRK H-bomb threat push US closer to war?
Analysis: Kim Jong Un, taking on Trump, makes it personal
Analyst: North Korea earned revenue from bitcoin mining
Pakistan tells UN won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war
India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ in UN speech row
Chinese coast guard sails near Japan’s Senkaku Islands
No way back for Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees

Bali volcano: Thousands evacuated, travel advisory issued

 


 

 

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.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Cuba
09/13/2017

Kenya
09/13/2017

Haiti
09/12/2017

Ethiopia
08/25/2017

Bangladesh
08/24/2017

Mexico
08/22/2017

Iran
08/15/2017

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
08/31/2017

Worldwide Caution

09/14/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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