WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 10-29-17

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SecDef Mattis: N. Korea Nuclear Threat Accelerating

 

October 28, 2017

 

Between Oct. 25-27, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

 

10/27 – SecDef Mattis in Korea: “A nuclear N. Korea will never be accepted by the US.” + “Any use of nuclear weapons will be met with a massive military response.”

10/25 – N. Korean Official: US must take “literally” threat from Foreign Min of “strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean” More via email.

What You Need To Know

On eight occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters.

On Wednesday subscribers were notified of a warning made by a senior N. Korean diplomat within which he stated that America must take “literally” the threat of North Korea conducting a possible atmospheric nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean. During an interview with U.S. media within which he referred to last month’s threat by the N. Korean Foreign Minister that the country could conduct the “strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean”, Ri Yong Pil, Deputy Director of the Department of North American Affairs for the North Korean Foreign Ministry stated the following:

“The foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of our supreme leader, so I think you should take his words literally.”

The threat of a nuclear test came as North Korea renewed its warning that America was provoking a military conflict by holding joint naval exercises aa prelude to nuclear war. At present, there are are three aircraft carrier strike groups within the 7th fleet area of operation, which includes the western Pacific and Indian Ocean. This is over and above the continual buildup of other forces across the region, including in S. Korea, Japan and on Guam.

Late this week, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis was in S. Korea to meet with his counterparts as well as U.S and Korean troops. During a visit to at a military observation post inside the Demilitarized Zone, Secretary Mattis told soldiers, “We’re doing everything we can to solve this diplomatically – everything we can.”

During a Security Consultative Meeting with ROK government and military officials in Seoul late Friday, Secretary Mattis emphasized the following:

“Make no mistake – any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming.”

Readers are reminded that just last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned that N. Korea is only months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities and their goal of being able to strike the United States. His comments were made just about the same time as N. Korea was carrying out a test firing of a new solid fuel rocket engine believed to be intended for their ICBM program. Unlike liquid-fueled rocket motors which require significant launch preparation times, solid-fueled rocket engines can be prepared in advance, stored and fired with little or no warning.

Once again AlertsUSA urges readers to not get lost in the rhetoric and posturing between Pyongyang and Washington, and to keep the following realities clearly in mind: 1.) N. Korea now possesses nuclear weapons, 2.) N. Korea now possesses ballistic missiles capable of intercontinental ranges (and they continue to refine those capabilities), and 3.) without some form of definitive intervention, it is almost assured that these nuclear and missile capabilities will ultimately be exported to other nations such as Iran, as well as sold to non-state actors with deep enough pockets.

It is increasingly unlikely that N. Korea will voluntarily give up their nuclear weapons program regardless of pressure from other nations, severity of economic sanctions, hardship imposed on it’s citizens, etc.. To do so would almost certainly be viewed as defeat by N. Korea’s ruling elite and result in the end of the Kim family dynasty.

War is in the air.

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

10/27 – US Embassy Madrid warns of demonstrations & possible violence flwg Catalonia parliament’s vote just hours ago to formally break from Spain. See email for more.

10/24 – Nov 4-6 DoD will hold a nationwide comms interoperability exercise simulating a coronal mass ejection impact disrupting the national power grid. More via email.

10/22 – AlertsUSA monitoring reported hostage situation at bowling alley, Bermuda Park, Warwickshire, UK. Multi-block area on lock down. Add’l alerts as warranted.

10/22 – Overnight: Islamic State media org releases new posters warning of forthcoming attacks in the U.S. and Russia. See email for samples.

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Soldiers fire an M252A1 81mm mortar system at a firing range at night in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Oct. 20, 2017. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne). Army photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander C. Henninger. - ALLOW IMAGES

World News Roundup

 

October 28, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

US State Department warns against business with Russian firms
Intel committee needs to look into Clinton/DNC dossier payment
Trump’s Mexico border wall prototypes will be tested with hammers and axes
Colombian farmers keeping growing coca despite govt crackdown
Cuba says cicadas are behind the “sonic attacks” that injured US diplomats
JFK Assassination Records – 2017 Additional Documents Released Here
Further isolation of Venezuela may be needed: Latin American group.
More than 73,000 Puerto Ricans flee for Florida after Hurricane Maria

EUROPE

Putin test-fires ballistic missiles in strategic nuclear force drills
Car-Bomb Murders Terrify Ukraine’s Capital
Beyond Catalonia: pro-independence movements in Europe
How the Catalan crisis could send shockwaves across Europe
Spanish PM axes Catalan government after region declares independence
EU preparing for no deal Brexit, says Michel Barnier’s adviser
Greece: reeling from austerity and a broken economy
Hungary orders spies to target Soros ‘empire’.

MIDDLE EAST

With Coffers Draining, ISIS May Seek Donations & Step Up Crime
Inside the Secret Mission That Got a Navy SEAL Killed in Africa
The House of Saud is still in denial
Denied Again: Kirkuk and the Dream of an Independent Kurdistan –
Debunking Myths About the Kurds, Iraq, and Iran
Canada suspends special forces training and assistance mission in Iraq
Syria war: Assad Government to blame for deadly chemical attack, UN says.
Tillerson sees ‘no future’ for Assad, his family in Syria
Hamas security chief survives ‘assassination attempt’

ASIA

S. Korea Reveals Plan to Hit North With Huge Missile Barrage If War Erupts
The secretive lives of Kim Jong-un’s siblings
Speculation rife as to whether Xi aims to ‘recapture’ Taiwan
China’s Xi Jinping Era: The Chinese president has cemented his position
Refurbished Chinese carrier is not combat-ready, experts say
Not just China: US seeks Russia’s help, too, with NKorea
Is India Starting to Flex Its Military Muscles?
‘Death to blasphemers’ increasing as political rallying cry in Pakistan
New US Treasury sanctions target North Korean military, labor camps
Trump’s upcoming Asia trip: Japan proposes plan to counter China


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 well prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

SoPac Cyclone Season
10/242017

Venezuela
10/23/2017

Sudan
10/19/2017

Syria
10/18/2017

DR Congo
10/16/2017

Mauritania
10/12/2017

Cameroon
10/02/2017

Cuba
09/13/2017

Kenya
09/13/2017

Haiti
09/12/2017

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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