Kim Jong-un: North Korea Will Soon Be Ready For Nuclear War

North Korea nuclear capability growing ‘with each passing month’.

Former US negotiator warns North Korea’s ability to use bombs is increasing ‘qualitatively and quantitatively’.

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Reports suggest North Korea – led by Kim Jong-un – might be on the verge of another nuclear test AFP/Getty Images

By Nerti U. Qatja | @nertiqatja | @VOP_Today


Ben Kentish writes for IndependentNorth Korea’s ability to use nuclear weapons is increasing ‘with each passing month’, according to a former US State Department negotiator.

Robert Gallucci, previously US special envoy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, said the current American approach towards North Korea was not working.

Mr Gallucci led the 1994 negotiations with the North Korean government that led to a nuclear freeze deal.

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Speaking during a seminar at John Hopkins University in Washington, he said: “We could continue just as we are now. We could continue with what might be called some version of containment, where we have a sanctions regime we attempt to limit the North Korean options politically and economically.

“But…as we do contain the North, we also watch the situation get worse.

“The North Korean case is not like fine wine. It doesn‘t get better with age. With each passing month and year, we look at a nuclear weapons capability that grows qualitatively and quantitatively.

Mr Gallucci suggested the next US president should prioritise negotiations with North Korea, but said they should not offer concessions such as the end of joint military exercises with South Korea – something Pyongyang has long called for.

And he called on the US government to stop “sub-contracting” resolution of the issue to China.

He said: “We want the Chinese to move the North to the proper frame of mind and enter negotiations. But we should not subcontract this issue, the North Korea issue, to Beijing.

“So I say, cooperate with the Chinese, get them to do as much as possible, but don’t expect them to do the whole job.”

North Korea would be willing to surrender its nuclear weapons if an agreement guarantees the regime’s “survival with as much certainty as they think nuclear weapons will give them as deterrent to U.S efforts at regime change”, Mr Gallucci added.

It comes as satellite images suggest the authoritarian state could be gearing up for another nuclear weapons test.

US-based monitoring group 38 North said satellites had recorded on-going activity at Punggye-ri – North Korea’s main nuclear test site.

The country’s fifth and most recent nuclear test took place on 9th September, leading it to announce it had successfully detonated a nuclear warhead that could be mounted onto a ballistic missile.

The test caused the UN Security Council to “strongly condemn” North Korea while US President Barack Obama warned the country will face “consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions”.

North Korea has been developing nuclear bombs since quitting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003.  It claims its weapons are for “self-defence” against “the danger of nuclear war caused by the US-led imperialists”.

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North Korea Claims Attacks On US Will Kill More Than 9/11

A ranting article in the hermit Stalinist nation’s state-run publication DPRK Today said their weapons are trained on the White House.

North Korea threatens US with attack worse than 9/11

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Mirror.co.uk


North Korea has claimed they will kill more people in America than the September 11 attacks.

A ranting article in the hermit Stalinist nation’s state-run publication DPRK Today said their weapons are trained on the White House, the Pentagon and other vital strategic locations.

It read: “If three civilian airplanes’ attacks from 15 years ago resulted in 3,000 deaths and brought a nightmare to life for the US, the outbreak of our final war will wipe the country from history, leaving no time (for them to) even regret or have nightmares about it,” read the bulletin, seen by NK News.

Kim Jong-un’s regime has issued a series of threats recently – even threatening long-time ally China.

North Korea threatens US with attack worse than 9/11

“Being beaten by only three civilian airplanes, the US was ashamed in front of the world and has suffered incalculable psychological and economical damage,” the article added.

The provocative article comes soon after Kim Jong-un defied a UN weapons ban to oversee the testing of North Korea’s new surface-to-air missiles – the country’s state media has reported.

The test comes amid growing tensions between the North Korea and South Korea as the dictatorship appears to step up its weapons programme.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

North Korea simulates attack on Washington

The communist state has declared itself in a state of “semi-war” and declared hostilities against a host of countries including America and China.

Kim Jong-Un, 33, recently threatened ‘nuclear storm’ against the country’s enemies after it was subjected to strict UN sanctions – which includes a ban on any missile tests.

Pyongyang’s official news agency said the leader had “guided the test of a new-type anti-air guided weapon system” to “estimate its performance”.

Who Has Nuclear Weapons, And How Many Do They Have?

 

 

Russia Vs. USA – Guess Who Has More Nukes.

It’s no secret that Russia and the USA have the largest stockpiles of Nuclear armaments in the world. Even since the decline of warheads stockpiled during the cold war were the two countries hold over 7000 nukes each with about 1,800 on constant high alert.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Statista.com


Russia narrowly beats out the United States with 7,500, while the USA holds 7,200. The next closest is France with 300. Israels numbers are shakey since they neither confirm nor deny how many Nukes they may have. North Korea has less than ten but their ability to even deliver them is unknown, as you may remember from the failed launch back in 2012.

Infographic: The Countries With The Biggest Nuclear Arsenals | Statista

Who Has Nuclear Weapons, And How Many Do They Have?

Israel about 80 but capable of promptly making 100-200 more

Although the Israeli government neither confirms nor denies that it possesses nuclear weapons, it is generally accepted by friend and foe alike that Israel is a nuclear-armed stateÑand has been so for nearly half a century. The basis for this conclusion has been strengthened significantly since our previous estimate in 2002, particularly thanks to new documents obtained by scholars under the US Freedom of Information Act and other openly available sources.

Bulletin of the American Scientist’s conclude that many of the public claims about the size of the Israeli nuclear arsenal are exaggerated. We estimate that Israel has a stockpile of approximately 80 nuclear warheads for delivery by two dozen missiles, a couple of squadrons of aircraft, and perhaps a small number of sea-launched cruise missiles.

Although Israel has produced enough plutonium for 100-200 warheads, the number of delivery platforms and estimates made by the U.S. intelligence community suggest that the stockpile might include approximately 80 warheads.

Lower estimate of 120 operational nukes for China

China’s nuclear weapons total: 250

The number of warheads on each submarine has been lowered from 48 to 40. This has lowered the number of “operationally available” warheads from 160 to 120. By the mid-2020s, the stockpile will be reduced to “not more than 180.”

US has 4717 warheads, 2500 retired warheads and 20,000 nuclear cores and 5000 assemblies

The U.S. government declared in April 2015 that its stockpile included 4,717 warheads as of September 2014. Since then, a small number of warheads are thought to have been retired. In addition to the roughly 4,670 warheads in the military stockpile, the U.S. government in April 2015 announced that approximately 2,500 retired warheads at that time were awaiting dismantlement. In addition, close to 20,000 plutonium cores (pits) and some 5,000 Canned Assemblies (secondaries) from dismantled warheads are in storage at the Pantex Plant in Texas and Y-12 plant in Tennessee

Russia

Russia has 4,490 nukes in their military stockpile, an estimated 2,800 retired warheads are estimated to be awaiting dismantlement. Details are scarce, but we estimate that Russia is dismantling approximately 500 retired warheads per year.

Total nuclear weapons: 7,500, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
Number that are operational: 1,790
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 4,490
Total nuclear tests, approximately: 715, according to the Arms Control Association.

North Korea

Total nuclear weapons: Unknown. The U.S. said in February it had intelligence indicating the secretive nation could soon have enough plutonium for nuclear weapons and was taking steps toward a long-range missile system, but experts do not believe North Korea currently has the technology to deliver weapons.
Total nuclear tests, approximately: <10

India

Total nuclear weapons: 90 to 110
Number that are operational: 0, according to the Federation of American Scientists. All are in stockpile.
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 110 to 120

France

Total nuclear weapons: About 300
Number that are operational: 280
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 10

Pakistan

Total nuclear weapons: 100 to 120
Number that are operational: 0
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: all 110 to 130

United Kingdom

Total nuclear weapons: 215
Number that are operational: 120
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 95

‘North Korea Nukes Washington…’ In Propaganda Video

North Korea has threatened to lay waste to Washington with a submarine-launched nuclear missile in a menacing propaganda video.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


The four-minute film – titled Last Chance – runs through the history of US-Korea relations, including images of US prisoners of war on Korean soil.

It ends with a digitally-enhanced sequence showing a missile emerging from the clouds and slamming into the road in front of the Lincoln Memorial – sending a wave of destruction across Washington.

As the US Capitol building burns, a message flashes up on the screen in Korea: “If US imperialists budge an inch toward us, we will immediately hit them with nuclear (weapons).”

The video, published on North Korea’s propaganda website DPRK Today, shows the capture of the US spy ship Pueblo in 1968 and the first crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme in the 1990s.

Pyongyang has upped the ante with its threatening propaganda in recent weeks – and Kim Jong-Un watched an artillery drill simulating a strike on the official residence of his South Korean counterpart Park Guen-hye on Friday.

Tensions have been on the rise since North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test in January, followed by a series of apparent ballistic missile tests.

Meanwhile, a Korean-American man who is being held in North Korea has confessed to stealing military secrets and plotting subversion with South Korea.

North Korea Promises To Testing More Nuclear Bombs

Defiant leader Kim Jong-un promises further nuclear activity after UN sanctions were ramped up for similar violations.

The North has made belligerent statements almost daily since new UN sanctions were imposed [Rodong Sinmun newspaper]

 By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Agencies


Kim Jong-un says North Korea will soon conduct a nuclear warhead test and test-launch ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Such tests, reported in state media on Tuesday, would be in defiant violation of United Nations sanctions that were recently strengthened with the backing of China, North Korea’s chief ally.

Kim made the comments as he supervised a successful simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missile that measured the “thermodynamic structural stability of newly developed heat-resisting materials”, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported.

“Declaring that a nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several kinds of ballistic rockets able to carry nuclear warheads will be conducted in a short time to further enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability, he [Kim] instructed the relevant section to make prearrangement for them to the last detail,” the agency said.

South Korea doubts claim

In response, South Korea’s defence ministry said it did not believe that North Korea had acquired missile re-entry technology.

It also noted there were no indications of activities at the North’s nuclear test site, or its long-range rocket station.

But South Korea’s defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun warned: “If North Korea puts this into action, it certainly violates the United Nations Security Council resolution, and it is a grave provocation against the Korean peninsula and the international community.

“We once again urge North Korea to immediately stop this act which leads to its self-destruction.”

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the North would lead itself to self-destruction if it continued the confrontation with the international community.

The North’s report comes amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula as South Korean and American troops stage annual military exercises that Seoul has described as the largest ever.

In the apparent re-entry simulation, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party carried pictures on Tuesday of a dome-shaped object placed under what appeared to be a rocket engine and being blasted with flaming exhaust.

In separate images, Kim observed the object described by KCNA as a warhead tip.

The North has issued belligerent statements almost daily since coming under a new UN resolution adopted this month to tighten sanctions after a nuclear test in January and the launch of a long-range rocket last month.

Rights abuses questioned

In a separate development, the North’s human rights record once again came into question as a UN expert on Monday called for leader Kim to be prosecuted for human rights abuses, including starvation and “slave-like conditions” in the country.

“It is now time for the international community to move on with the logical next step – which is pursuing accountability of the regime and those most responsible for violations of human rights in the country,” said Marzuki Darusman, the UN’s special rapporteur on North Korea’s human rights, as he addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“Nothing happened anywhere in that country without the say-so of the highest supreme leader …  Mr Kim Jong Un.”

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Darusman added: “It may not be a full prosecutorial entity but lays down the initial prosecution process.”

Darusman, a former foreign minister of Indonesia, said investigations could be pursued via the International Criminal Court but, failing any consensus among major powers, North Korea’s leadership could be prosecuted in a third country.

WW3: North Korea Claims It Could Destroy Manhattan By Sending Hydrogen Bomb

North Korea claimed Sunday that it could wipe out Manhattan by sending a hydrogen bomb on a ballistic missile to the heart of New York City, the latest in a string of brazen threats.

By Washington Post


Although there are many reasons to believe that Kim Jong Un’s regime is exaggerating its technical capabilities, the near-daily drumbeat of boasts and warnings from North Korea underlines its anger at efforts to thwart its ambitions.

“Our hydrogen bomb is much bigger than the one developed by the Soviet Union,” DPRK Today, a state-run outlet, reported Sunday. DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.

Analysts believe Kim Jong Un’s regime is exaggerating its technical capabilities. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS)

 

“If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile and fall on Manhattan in New York City, all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes,” the report said, citing a nuclear scientist named Cho Hyong Il.

The website is a strange choice for making such a claim, given that it also carries reports about such topics as rabbit farming and domestically made school backpacks.

North Korea’s newly developed hydrogen bomb “surpasses our imagination,” Cho is quoted as saying.

“The H-bomb developed by the Soviet Union in the past was able to smash windows of buildings 1,000 kms away and the heat was strong enough to cause third-degree burns 100 kms away,” the report continued. (A thousand kilometers is about 625 miles; 100 kilometers, about 62.5 miles.)

On Jan. 6, North Korea announced that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

Kim in January ordered North Korea’s fourth nuclear test and claimed that it was a hydrogen bomb, not a simple atomic one. But most experts are skeptical of the claim, saying the seismic waves caused by the blast were similar to those produced by the North’s three previous tests.

Then in February, Kim oversaw the launch of what North Korea said was a rocket that put a satellite into orbit, a move widely considered part of a long-range-ballistic-missile program.

North Korea has made advances in its intercontinental-ballistic-missile program, and though experts generally conclude that the United States’ West Coast could be within reach, there has been no suggestion that the North would be able to hit the East Coast.
Many experts are also skeptical of the “miniaturized warhead” that Kim showed off last week during a visit to a nuclear weapons plant.
But Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, warned against dismissing the claim too soon.
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“It does not look like U.S. devices, to be sure, but it is hard to know if aspects of the model are truly implausible or simply that North Korean nuclear weapons look different than their Soviet and American cousins,” Lewis wrote in an analysis for 38 North, a website devoted to North Korea. “The size, however, is consistent with my expectations for North Korea.”

As international condemnation of the North’s acts mounted, culminating this month in the United Nations’ toughest sanctions yet against Pyongyang, Kim’s regime has become increasingly belligerent, firing missiles into the Sea of Japan — also known as the East Sea — and issuing a new threat or denunciation almost every day.

The sanctions coincide with annual spring drills between the U.S. and South Korean militaries, which Pyongyang considers a rehearsal for an invasion. The ongoing exercises are viewed as particularly antagonistic because special forces are practicing “decapitation strikes” that target Northern leaders and the destruction of Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile sites.

On Friday, North Korea’s state media reported that Kim ordered more nuclear tests, while the North’s Korean People’s Army warned in a statement Saturday that it would counter the drills by “liberat[ing] the whole of South Korea including Seoul . . . with an ultra-precision blitzkrieg strike of the Korean style.”

South Korea’s Defense Ministry urged Pyongyang to stop its threats and provocations.

“If the North continues to make provocations despite the stern warnings made by our military, it is inevitable for us to roll out a strict response that may lead to the destruction of the Pyongyang regime,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, according to the Yonhap News Agency.