‘The Best Preparation for War’: China Launches South China Sea Drills

John Hayward – March 26, 2018

China’s naval and air forces began what observers described as unusually large exercises in the Western Pacific and South China Sea this weekend, including H-6K bombers, Tu-154 reconnaissance planes, Yun-8 transport planes, and Su-30 and Su-35 fighters.

The Su-35 is a highly advanced fourth-generation fighter that has only been sent to the South China Sea for drills on one previous occasion. The H-6K bomber is capable of carrying long-range cruise missiles that can threaten ships or ground targets, possibly with nuclear warheads.

The combat drills passed over the Miyako Strait near Okinawa, which lies between Japan’s southern islands. The strait also happens to be located between Japan, Taiwan, and the Senkaku Islands, where Japan, Taiwan, and China all have conflicting territorial claims.

The Chinese military described the exercise as its “best preparation for war,” according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP).


North Korea May Be Talking Peace, But They’re Also Digging Away At Their Nuclear Test Site

Ryan Pickrell – January 11, 2017

Satellite imagery shows “significant tunneling” at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, a report revealed Thursday.

In his New Year’s address, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said the North is “open to dialogue” with the South, and the two sides met face-to-face for the first time in two years Tuesday. While the two Koreas noted the need for peace on the peninsula, the North expressed frustration when the South tried to address its illegal nuclear program.

North Korea supposedly extended an olive branch in the speech to its southern neighbor. The young North Korean despot also ordered the mass production and rapid deployment of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles to bolster the state nuclear force.

The North Korean leader claimed that he has a button on his desk to order a nuclear strike against the U.S., but for Kim to field a reliable nuclear deterrent against the U.S. and its allies, additional weapons testing will be undoubtedly be required.


‘US mainland in our nuclear strike range’, Kim Jong-un says in New Year’s speech

RT – January 1, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared his county a nuclear power in possession of technology capable of striking the US mainland should there be a need.

“The US mainland is in our nuclear strike zone,” Kim said in his New Year’s message which was broadcast on Chosun Central TV. “The United States will never start a war with me and our country,” and Pyongyang has “completed the creation of North Korea’s nuclear forces,” he added.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang reached unprecedented levels last year, as the North continued to pursue its missile and nuclear programs. Washington said all options, including a military solution, are on the table to tame North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. While the US is still on course to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, Pyongyang has so far refused to negotiate its nuclear status.

In 2018, Kim promised to focus his country’s efforts on the “operational deployment” of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.


President Trump: North Korea ‘Will Be Met with Fire and Fury’

Gage Cohen – August 8, 2017

On Tuesday afternoon, after it was reported that North Korea has successfully created nuclear warheads small enough to fit inside its ballistic missiles, President Donald Trump warned that if Kim Jong Un’s government makes more threats towards the United States, they “will be met with fire and fury.”

“North Korea best not make anymore threats to the United States, they will be met with fire and fury, like the world has never seen,” the President said before a briefing on the opioid epidemic at his golf club in New Jersey.

“He has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power – the likes of which the world has never seen before.”


‘Inevitable’ that N. Korea builds nuclear-armed missile able to reach US ? intel head

RT – May 23, 2017

The Defense Intelligence Agency has provided the first official US assessment of North Korea’s latest missile test, telling a Senate committee that the reclusive nation is on a clear trajectory to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile that could hit the US.

DIA Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about worldwide threats on Tuesday, just two days after North Korea test-launched its Pukguksong-2 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM).

Although the US confirmed Sunday’s launch, American experts doubted the reliability of the new solid-fuel type for the IRBM after so few tests, Reuters reported. Solid fuel is harder to produce than liquid, but is more stable and can be transported in the missile tank to allow for a swift launch.

Pyongyang also conducted a medium-range ballistic missile test the previous Sunday, and said the rocket used has the “tactical specifications and technical characteristics” of being capable of carrying nuclear warheads.


War between 2 Koreas is highly possible, new S. Korean president warns

RT – May 17, 2017

Recently-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in has stated that there is a “high possibility” of military conflict with North Korea. The statement follows Pyongyang’s new missile test, which has been strongly condemned by the UN.

“The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL [Northern Limit Line] and military demarcation line,” Moon was quoted as saying by Reuters, adding that Seoul is capable of striking back in case of attack.

The disputed NLL lies in the Yellow Sea the between South and North Korea and is considered the de facto maritime boundary between them. The 1953 military demarcation line serves as the land border.

While North Korea claims the latest test launch of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads was conducted “in consideration of the safety of neighboring countries,” Moon criticized Pyongyang’s actions as a “serious challenge to global peace and stability.”


KIM IN THE CROSSHAIRS Japan to ‘bomb North Korea’ in missile strike before crazed despot Kim Jong-un can ‘destroy’ the country in nuclear attack

Corey Charlton – March 28, 2017

JAPANESE lawmakers are calling for new laws to allow Tokyo to launch pre-emptive strikes against an increasingly aggressive Kim Jong-un.

The maniacal tyrant has angered the entire region with recent missile tests as he seeks to develop his nuclear warheads.

Hiroshi Imazu, the head of Japan’s ruling party, told The Washington Post: “Japan can’t just wait until its destroyed.

“It’s legally possible for Japan to strike an enemy base that’s launching a missile at us, but we don’t have the equipment or capability.”

Discussions surrounding the law change were supported by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and defence minister Gen Nakatani.

Nakatani told the paper: “I believe that we should consider having the capacity to strike.”

Japan’s current constitution, created in the wake of the Second World War, means it is illegal for the country to launch an attack – it can only go to war in self-defence.

But a group of influential politicians are lobbying for the law change that would allow them to take the front foot against North Korea.


Hizballah lists targeted Israeli “nuclear sites”

DEBKAfile – March 3, 2017

Hizballah’s latest round of threats against Israel reached a new peak Thursday, March 2, with the release of a videotape claiming to expose nine locations allegedly tied to the production and assembly of Israel’s nuclear weapons, debkafile reports. The Lebanese Shiite terror organization said it possessed precise missiles for wiping out Israel’s nuclear infrastructure and attached addresses to all its targets.

Five locations topped the list, starting with the nuclear reactors at Dimona in southern Israel and Nahal Soreq on the Mediterranean coast. “Revealed” next are three secret locations for the production, assembly and storage of nuclear missiles and warheads. Kfar Zacharia near Beit Shemesh in the Jerusalem Hills, defined as the main depot for the Jericho Series I, II and III, of three-stage ballistic missiles, which can reach ranges of up to 6,000km.

Two others were a factory in Beer Yaakov near the central Israeli town of Ramleh, the alleged production site for nuclear warheads; and the “Galilee Wing-20” plant at the Tefen Industrial Park, 17km from the town of Carmiel, a facility where the Rafael Advanced Defense System Authority was said to mount nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles and prepare them for launching.

The video stresses that Hizballah now possesses precise missiles able to pinpoint and destroy every single facility.


Iran launches ‘smart & advanced’ rockets during military exercises

RT – February 20, 2017

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises, according to Tasnim news agency. It comes just weeks after the US put Iran “on notice” after it test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile.

The “smart and advanced” rockets were launched during three-day military drills which began on Monday in Iran’s central desert, AP cited the semi-official Iranian news agency as saying.

Tasnim did not elaborate on the model of the rockets, but said they successfully hit their targets.

The news follows less than three weeks after US President Donald Trump tweeted that Iran had been formally put “on notice” for test-firing a ballistic missile.

The ‘notice’ came after Iran warned Washington against “creating new tensions” over the missile launch, stating that its missiles are not in violation of United Nations resolutions because they are for defensive purposes, and are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.


Kim’s nukes can hit Europe: Worst fears about North Korea PROVED by photo

Michael Havis

Top military officials have warned that .It’s long been disputed how far the rockets can travel, with tests suggesting a range of a few thousand kilometres.

But a South Korean government briefing, attended by Daily Star Online, revealed that the distance is likely to be far greater.

Lee Sang-hwa, director general of the South’s North Korean nuclear affairs bureau, briefed reporters in Seoul last month.

He cited the opinion of US general Joseph Dumford that the missiles posed a direct threat to the US homeland.

His presentation therefore argued that “Europe is also within range” and the whole NATO alliance with it.