Trump Increases the Nuclear Stakes

Donald Trump says missiles headed to Iraq

Speaking of the recent missile strike against the Sha’irat airbase in the Homs province of Syria ordered by Trump, the official said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies responded to the move with “understanding”.

It turns out that wielding power – as opposed to criticizing it – can change your outlook.

The U.S.is making up its mind to stop the North from conducting further nuclear tests“. He learned from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump explained, that China simply can’t eliminate North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

In a further irritant to Moscow, Trump signed off Tuesday on Montenegro joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation next month, expanding the alliance’s footprint in the Balkans.

Economist Dean Baker of the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research says the timing of Trump’s change of views was likely related to an annual report on trade manipulators that is due from the Treasury this weekend.

Although Trump was highly critical of central bank chief Yellen during the campaign, and indicated he would not nominate her to another four-year term as chair, he backed away from that position. This week’s reversals follow his shift on Syria last week, when Trump fired cruise missiles at an airbase after repeatedly saying he opposed US involvement in the country’s civil war.

“They were all sounding much tougher on Russia, much more like the Obama administration, and the outlier was the White House”, said Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University. Last year, at the height of tensions between China and the incoming USA president, Shen called on Beijing to close its U.S. embassy if Trump continued to engage with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen after taking up office. And Thursday, the president tweeted that he had “great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea”.

But after appearing emotionally moved by the sight of young Syrian children who were victims of the deadly sarin gas attack presumably ordered by President Bashar Assad, Trump gave the order for the missile attack on a Syrian air force base.

There’s foolishness in Trump’s hurtling from position to opposite position, yet there’s cleverness too.

“And we made a determination to do it”, he continued.

Indeed, it is hard to tell what the policy of the administration is in regard to Syria.

“The Syrian strikes last week hasten the interest, but what I am working on with my colleagues is not with respect to action in Syria”, said Sen.

‘You have no idea how many people want to hear the answer to this.

That hope’s been around for a long time, and has done little but provide the North with time and space to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

China has sought to portray last week’s summit – which came after months of tension between Trump’s administration and Beijing – as a resounding triumph, said a Guradian report on the Fox interview.

After hearing the news, the Chinese president was speechless for 10 seconds, Trump said.

Zhou Qi, the director of Tsinghua University’s National Strategy Institute in Beijing, said it was logical for China to do more to curb Kim’s nuclear program if actions were taken within the United Nations framework.

“North Korea is looking for trouble”. If not, we will solve the problem without them!

“They want the government involved in certain financial deals”, Scissors says.

“Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject”, he told a group of governors at the White House in late February. “We’ll see whether or not he does”. “We look forward to meeting together many times in the future”.

Korea Poised For Nuclear Payback

North Korea vows ‘nuclear justice’

SOUTH Korea says North Korea’s latest missile launch threatens the entire world but US President Donald Trump is with ‘the boys’ for a long Easter weekend.
Trump flew down to his golf course at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach on Thursday afternoon, without his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus or other key advisers.

In an Instagram picture the US president is dressed in a white Trump polo shirt with a matching Make America Great Again hat in a group photo.

‘Saturday is still in fact for the boys,’ the caption read.

It is his 11th weekend trip in a row to a Trump-owned property as South Korea threatens punitive action on North Korea if today’s failed missile launch leads to further provocations such as a nuclear test or a long-range missile launch.

North Korea showing a variety of offensive missiles at yesterday’s military parade and daring to fire a ballistic missile today is a show of force that threatens the whole world,” South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.

A North Korean missile “blew up almost immediately” on its test launch on Sunday (7.21 AEST), the US Pacific Command said, hours before US Vice President Mike Pence was due in South Korea for talks on the North’s increasingly defiant arms program.

Pence arrived in Seoul this afternoon for the start of a four-nation Asia-Pacific tour, seeking to reassure allies in the face of a belligerent North Korea.

North Korea launched the ballistic missile less than a day after threatening the US with ‘nuclear justice’.

Both the US Pacific Command and South Korea’s military said on Sunday the North had attempted to fire a ballistic missile and failed.

The failed launch was at 7.21am AEST.

“US Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at

11.21am Hawaii local time April 15,” the statement read.

“The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo.

“The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed.

“US Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security.

US President Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been briefed on the situation.

“The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch, a statement from US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis read.

“The president has no further comment.”

South Korea’s military also detected the failed launch.

“North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed,” South Korea’s defence ministry said in a statement.

Sinpo is on the east coast of North Korea.

South Korea’s military said they would continue to analyse the test for more details.

‘RECKLESS PROVOCATION’

The launch attempt came after North Korea held a huge parade displaying nearly 60 missiles, including what is suspected to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile, for the 105th anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung, his grandson Kim Jong-un has threatened “nuclear justice”.

One of Kim’s top spokespeople, Choe Ryong Hae, today vowed North Korea would “beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice”.

As scores turned out to celebrate what would be Kim’s 105th birthday, Mr Choe told the packed-out square: “If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full out war with full out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare.”

North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang.

The parade, the annual highlight of North Korea’s most important holiday, came amid growing international worries that North Korea may be preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a major missile launch, such as its first flight test of an ICBM capable of reaching US shores.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister said that US President Donald Trump’s tweets — he recently tweeted, for example, that the North is “looking for trouble” — have inflamed tensions.

“Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words,” Han Song Ryol said.

US officials said that the Trump administration had settled on a policy that will emphasise increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea’s only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow Kim’s regimen.

However, John Bolton, America’s former ambassador to the UN, said piling on pressure wouldn’t work and that the US needed China’s help to try and bring North and South Korea back together.

“I don’t think a strategy that relies on pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons is going to work,” he told Fox News. “Look, we’ve tried for 25 years across Republican and Democratic administrations to persuade the North Koreans to give up their quest for nuclear weapons.

“We’ve tried persuasion, it’s failed, we’ve tried coercion, it’s failed.”

He said Kim Jong-un’s nuclear program helped the regime’s “long-term viability”.

“The fact is, this regimen is never going to voluntarily give up nuclear weapons, they’re the ace in the hole,” he said. “Actually what our objectives should be and what we need to do is explain to China that it’s in their interest (to see North Korean regimen collapse), despite years of policy to the contrary.

“It’s in their interest to see North and South Korea reunited in a sensible way, that would end the North Korean nuclear weapons program and in my view that’s the only way it’s going to happen,” he said.

A US military official, who requested anonymity to discuss planning, said the United States doesn’t intend to use military force against North Korea in response to either a nuclear test or a missile launch.

Kim, wearing a suit and tie, was greeted Saturday with thunderous — and extensively practised — applause as he stepped into view on a large podium, clapping to acknowledge the thousands of soldiers and civilians taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square.

A series of what appeared to be KN-08 missiles were among the weapons rolled out on trucks. Analysts say the missiles could one day be capable of hitting targets as far as the continental United States, although North Korea has yet to flight test them.

Kim Jong Un, a 30-something leader who took power in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, emphasises nuclear weapons as the foundation of his national defence strategy. Under his watch, North Korea has aggressively pursued a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the US mainland.

In his annual New Year’s address, Kim said North Korea’s preparations for an ICBM launch had “reached the final stage.”

Recent satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year alone, advancing its goal to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

The North also last year launched a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology.

On The Brink of Nuclear War (Revelation 15)

14,923 nukes: All the nations armed with nuclear weapons and how many they have

Skye Gould and Dave Mosher Apr. 14, 2017

When it comes to the threat of nuclear war, 2017 is shaping up to be a watershed moment.

Relations between the US and Russia – the two foremost nuclear superpowers – has reached a “low point” because of the US’s accusations that Russia meddled in the US election and is involved with the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Meanwhile, North Korea draws ever closer to constructing a device that could threaten Washington.

President Donald Trump has also inherited a $1 trillion program to modernize US nukes, and Russia now strains its budget to do the same for its arsenal. (In regard to Russia’s nuclear modernization, Trump has even said, “Let it be an arms race.”)

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists took note of these and other developments in January by advancing its Doomsday Clock 30 seconds. The symbolic shift implies that humanity is now just 2 minutes 30 seconds away from an apocalyptic “midnight.”

World events since January would do little to improve that outlook.

Tensions between the US and North Korea have soared in recent months, with the isolated nation threatening to rain down “nuclear thunderbolts” if the US follows through on rumblings of preemptive strikes – all while the isolated nation reportedly gears up for another test of a nuclear device.

Experts disagree on how many deliverable nuclear weapons North Korea possesses, but more is known about other arsenals around the world. Below is a map that shows the best estimates of which countries have them and how many they have.

Yes, Expect The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Could an earthquake hit New York City? History says yes, but not like 9.0 magnitude Japan earthquake

A screengrab from 'The Day After Tomorrow.' Experts say an earthquake with at least a 5.0-magnitude affects New York City about every 100 years.

Could a major earthquake shake the Big Apple to its core?If the past is any indication, the answer is yes, says John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.Based on historical precedent, Armbruster says the New York City metro area is susceptible to an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 once a century.Lynn Skyes, lead author of a recent study by seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory adds that a magnitude-6 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 every 3,400 years.A 5.2-magnitude quake shook New York City in 1737 and another of the same severity hit in 1884. Tremors were felt from Maine to Virginia.

There are several fault lines in the metro area, including one along Manhattan’s 125th St. – which may have generated two small tremors in 1981 and may have been the source of the major 1737 earthquake, says Armbruster. There’s another fault line on Dyckman St. and one in Dobbs Ferry in nearby Westchester County.

“The problem here comes from many subtle faults,” explained Skyes after the study was published. “We now see there is earthquake activity on them. Each one is small, but when you add them up, they are probably more dangerous than we thought.”

“While uncommon, the earthquake hazard of the New York City metropolitan area has been assessed as moderate,” the New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation writes on its website. “Considering population density and the condition of the region’s infrastructure and building stock, it is clear that even a moderate earthquake would have considerable consequences in terms of public safety and economic impact.”

Armbruster says a 5.0-magnitude earthquake today likely would result in casualties and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. “I would expect some people to be killed,” he notes. “Enough chimneys, facades on buildings would fall and someone would be underneath.”

The scope and scale of damage would multiply exponentially with each additional tick on the Richter scale.

“Will there be one in my lifetime or your lifetime? I don’t know. But this is the longest period we’ve gone without one.”

ashahid@nydailynews.com

Babylon The Great Upgrades Her Nuclear Arsenal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are claiming success with the first in a new series of test flights involving an upgraded version of a nuclear bomb that has been part of the U.S. arsenal for decades.

Work on the B61-12 has been ongoing for years, and government officials say the latest tests using mock versions of the bomb will be vital to the refurbishing effort.

An F-16 from Nellis Air Force Base dropped an inert version of the weapon over the Nevada desert last month to test its non-nuclear functions as well as the plane’s ability to carry the bomb.

With a mere puff of dust, the mock bomb landed in a dry lake bed at the Tonopah Test Range.

North Korea shows off missiles that may be able to reach U.S.

“It’s great to see things all come together: the weapon design, the test preparation, the aircraft, the range and the people who made it happen,” Anna Schauer, director of Sandia’s Stockpile Resource Center, said in a statement.

Scientists are planning to spend months analyzing the data gathered from the test.

Tracking telescopes, remote cameras and other instruments at the test range recorded information on the reliability, accuracy and performance of the weapon under conditions that were meant to replicate real-world operations.

More test flights are planned over the next three years, and officials with the National Nuclear Security Administration said the first production unit of the B61-12 — developed under what is called the Life Extension Program — is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

The B61-12 consolidates and replaces four older versions in the nation’s nuclear arsenal. It’s outfitted with a new tail-kit assembly and other hardware.

The weapon is much different than the non-nuclear “mother of all bombs” used in Afghanistan this week to attack an Islamic State stronghold near the Pakistani border. The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, isn’t designed to penetrate like the B61-12 but rather create a large blast over the surface and it has to be ferried by a much larger plane given its size.

In Nevada, it took two passes before the pilot could drop the mock B61-12. A herd of wild horses had to be chased away on the first go-around.

With the run commencing, people gathered on balconies at the range despite knowing they would see only dust rising from the target miles away. A video feed showed the test bomb fall through the air after being released by the F-16.

Officials said it left behind a rather neat hole. Crews were able to dig the mock weapon out of the dirt so it could be packed up and returned to Albuquerque for further study.

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