The Upcoming Saudi Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8:8)

Nuclear war fears: Saudi Arabia looking to get hold of ‘nukes to combat Iran’

Saudi Arabia's King Salman Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud

SAUDI ARABIA has been accused of seeking nuclear weapons technology in response to the threat from Iran.

Labelled a nuclear ”newcomer” the Saudi Kingdom is pushing to arm itself with new technologies, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said.

The Washington DC-based group wrote since nuclear action was scaled back in Iran, it has increased in the Saudi kingdom.

Iran signed a landmark nuclear deal with world powers including the US, the UK, France and Russia in 2015.

Huge economic sanctions on Iran were lifted as a result of it restricting its sensitive nuclear activities.

The deal limited Iran’s sensitive nuclear program and subjected it to greater international monitoring.

But in nearby Said Arabia, a new threat is growing, it is claimed.

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Nuclear testing in Iran has been scaled back after agreement with world leaders

The organisation which monitors global proliferation issues (ISIS) said: “Saudi Arabia is in the early stages of nuclear development.It is also claimed Saudi will “more actively seek nuclear weapons capabilities” in retaliation to the situation in Iran.But currently it is focused on civilian nuclear uses.

Former US President Barrack Obama’s administration claimed the nuclear deal would calm tensions in the area

However, this is not the case.

Saudi Arabia has already stated its intention to build at least 16 nuclear reactors in the coming years.

North Korea Says Prepare For Nuclear War

The New York PostNews Corp Australia Network

NORTH Korea’s leader is so “desperate” to remain in power that he would be willing to use nuclear weapons, a defector from the regime has warned.

“If Kim Jong-un has nuclear weapons and ICBMs, he can do anything,” Thae Yong-ho told NBC News, using the acronym for an intercontinental ballistic missile. “So, I think the world should be ready to deal with this kind of person.”

Thae, a career diplomat who defected from North Korea in August 2016, described the North Korean leader as “a man who can do anything beyond the normal imagination” and said the only way to handle him is to “eliminate Kim Jong-un from the post.”

His comments come as US President Donald Trump laid out an ultimatum for the Chinese president before their meeting later this week in Florida, warning him that if China doesn’t check North Korea, the United States will.

“Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you,” the president told the Financial Times in an interview published online on Sunday.

“If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone,” Trump added.

A defector says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is desperate to remain in power. Picture: AFP/KCNA via KNS

A defector says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is desperate to remain in power. Picture: AFP/KCNA via KNSSource:AFP

He and Chinese President Xi Jinping will gather at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday and Friday to discuss the North Korean nuclear threat and US-China trade relations.

Thae said Kim could be provoked if the US begins military operations against the country.

“Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM,” he told NBC.

Thae said he wasn’t involved in the country’s missile programs, but believes it has “reached a very significant level of nuclear development.”

Experts say North Korea has been experimenting in the use of fuel to power long-range missiles and in February launched a rocket that landed in the Sea of Japan. While the country has around eight nuclear weapons, it has not show the ability to attach them to a long-range missile.

Still, US military officials are well aware of the threat North Korea poses.

“They have the nuclear capability — they’ve demonstrated that,” Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, told NBC. “And then, where they’re going with the miniaturisation of that, whether they can actually weaponise a missile, that’s what’s driving the current concern.”

China Expands Its Nuclear Triad

China has built a nuclear submarine mass production superfactory

China’s Bohai Shipyard has built a new large-scale plant to mass produce nuclear submarines.

Western production lines for the most part can only build one submarine at a time, and only the US is capable of building two submarines simultaneously, but China is now capable of building four submarines at one time.

China already has at least four type 094/094A ballistic missile submarines and at least five Type 093/093G attack submarines, so it is speculated that the new facility is to build the successor third-generation classes of Type 096 ballistic missile submarines and Type 095 attack submarines. The new submarines will be built using modular fabrication techniques. The projection is made that Chinese nuclear submarine production will double its rate within two to three years.

China currently has about three submarine production lines and can build 5 to 6 submarines at one time. This would mean in three years China could be building ten to twelve submarines at one time.

The Type 096 submarine is a SSBN (nuclear ballistic missile submarine) being developed for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Submarine Force. Official specifications are unknown. The Type 096 may carry 24 SLBMs, double the number carried by its predecessor, the Type 094. According to analysts, it could also feature a hull similar to Western SSBNs. As of January 2017, the Type 096 has yet to enter service.

The Type 095 submarine is a proposed class of third generation nuclear-powered attack submarines for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China.

It is anticipated that Type 095 submarines will have a substantially reduced acoustic signature, within an improved hull type and pump jet propulsion system. Compared to the Type 093, the Type 095 will have a more advanced nuclear reactor, VLS tubes and greater number of advanced sensors such as new active/passive flank array sonar and low and high frequency towed sonar array. Additionally, it is also speculated that Type 095 submarines may act as a potential undersea escort for any future PLAN aircraft carrier task forces.

Antichrist’s Men Sent To Destroy ISIS

Iraqi forces deployed in Samarra after botched IS attack

Security forces have stepped up their presence in Samarra [File Photo: AFP]

Iraqi forces stepped up their presence in the city of Samarra on Monday, just a day after foiling a planned Islamic State attack involving dozens of bombs. Tags: Iraq, PMU, Popular Mobilisation Forces, Samarra

Iraqi forces stepped up their presence in the city of Samarra on Monday, a day after launching an offensive that left 40 Islamic State [IS] fighters dead and dozens more arrested in the city.
A military force headed towards the city, north of Baghdad, in the early hours of Monday in an attempt to secure the perimeter of the city and all roads leading to it, a source told The New Arab.

“The extra security deployment was ordered after intelligence showed dozens of IS militants were present in the Western Sahara of Samarra,” the Ministry of Defence source said.

The country’s Popular Mobilisation Forces were also involved in the new security operation, he added, noting the militia had already made more than thirty arrests as a “precautionary” measure.

“The militias have spread significantly on the western and southern sides of Samarra, up to the border with Anbar province,” he said.

Iraqi MPs said Muqtada al-Sadr’s brigade, Saraya al-Salam – which operates as part of the Popular Mobilisation Unit – almost completely controls security checkpoints surrounding the city.

Meanwhile, a statement published by the PMU confirmed the militia group had arrested a senior IS leader in the province of Salah al-Din, identifying the militant as Abu Dajana.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement that “forty IS militants were killed by aerial bombardment before the group launched a large attack on visitors in the city of Samarra.”

The ministry said the militant group was preparing 12 suicide bombers and four car bombs as part of a planned attack on the city.

Indian Point Nuclear Will Be Trouble At The  Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

 Recent series of Indian Point shutdowns worst in years

Ernie Garcia, elgarcia@lohud.com

BUCHANAN — Four unplanned reactor shutdowns over a two-month period at Indian Point are the most setbacks the nuclear power plant has experienced in years.

A review of unplanned shutdowns from January 2012 to the present showed this year’s events happened within a short time frame, between May 7 and July 8, in contrast with events from other years that were more spread out, according to data released by Indian Point.

So many mishaps at the Entergy-owned plant haven’t occurred since 2009, when one of two units at the Buchanan site experienced a similar series, said plant spokesman Jerry Nappi.

Besides a May 9 transformer failure that spilled some 3,000 gallons of oil into the Hudson River, this year’s shutdowns were prompted by a May 7 steam leak, a July 8 pump motor failure and a June 15 switch yard breaker failure offsite in a Consolidated Edison substation.

If a nuclear plant has more than three unplanned shutdowns in a nine-month period, its performance indicator could be changed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which results in additional oversight. That’s what happened with Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., after four unplanned shutdowns in 2013.

So far, Entergy said there doesn’t appear to be a pattern to the Indian Point shutdowns.
“You do want to look at these events holistically to see if there is something in common, but you also look individually to see what the causes were,” Nappi said. “A plant shutdown in and of itself is not a safety issue.”

One of the four recent Buchanan shutdowns triggered a special inspection by the NRC and calls to close the nuclear plant by environmental groups and elected officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said in the past Indian Point should close, but his office did not respond to a request for comment about whether the recent shutdowns have prompted any state scrutiny.

The NRC is expected to release a quarterly report on Indian Point this month that will address the transformer failure and, by year’s end, is planning an inspection of the transformer and an analysis of transformer issues since 2007.

Besides its transformer-related inquiries, the other three shutdowns have not raised “any immediate safety concerns or crossed any thresholds that would result in additional NRC oversight,” agency spokesman Neil Sheehan wrote in an email.

The unplanned shutdowns at Indian Point and Pilgrim in Massachusetts were mostly preventable, said Paul Blanch, a former Indian Point employee with 45 years of nuclear power experience.
“For this to happen this frequently indicates a deeper problem,” he said. “I believe it’s management oversight in the maintenance of these plants.”

Nappi said the transformer that failed May 9 and caused a fire and oil spill into the Hudson was regularly monitored. Investigators determined the failure was due to faulty insulation.

“The transformer inspection and reviews were in accordance with our standards and industry expectations, yet there was no indication the transformer was going to fail,” Nappi said.
The NRC conducted a separate, but related special inspection into the May 9 incident that focused on a half-inch of water that collected in an electrical switchgear room floor. Inspectors determined a fire suppression system’s valve failed to close properly.

Inspectors noted in their report that Entergy knew about that problem since April 2011 and replaced the valve but didn’t discover the actual cause — a dysfunctional switch — until after the fire.

Indian Point’s Unit 3 was down 19 days May through July, with the transformer failure accounting for 16 days. The shutdowns didn’t cause the public any supply problems because New York’s grid can import electricity from other states and New York has an energy plan to maintain reliability, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The nuclear energy industry judges a power plant on how continuously it produces energy, which is called a capacity factor.

There were 100 nuclear plants in the United States in 2014, a record year in terms of efficiency. In January, the Nuclear Energy Institute announced the U.S. average capacity factor was 91.9 percent.
Indian Point has an above-average efficiency rate. The plant’s Unit 2 and 3 reactors were each online more than 99 percent of the time during their most recent two-year operating cycles. They are currently in the middle of other cycles.