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China tests hypersonic aircraft that can carry nukes, evade missile defense systems, officials say
Aug. 8, 2018 - According to the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, China successfully tested its first hypersonic missile
that can carry nuclear weapons.
The flight vehicle was launched at a target range in Northwest China with a multi-stage rocket before being released in the air, making
"large-angle turning maneuvers," and achieving a top speed of Mach 6, or 4,563 mph.
- Source: Fox
UN experts: NKorea hasn't stopped nuke and missile programs
Aug. 4, 2018
North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating U.N. sanctions including by "a massive increase
in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products," U.N. experts said in a new report.
- Source: FOX
Report: U. S.considering military options to keep Strait of Hormuz open
July 28, 2018 - It is reported that the US is considering military options if Iran decides to close the strait of Hormuz.
About one fifth of the world's petroleum passes passing through the waterway.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states [plus]
Egypt and Jordan... dubbed "Arab NATO."
- Source: Jerusalem Post
Iran’s Rouhani Warns Trump: War with Iran ‘Is the Mother of All Wars’
July 22, 2018 -
U.S. President Donald Trump was warned Sunday not to pursue hostile policies against Tehran, because “America should know … war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
- Source: Breitbart
Trump warns Iran's President Rouhani: 'NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN' - Also in Trump's tweet:
"WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS." - CNBC
North Korea Says it Will Suspend Nuclear and Missile Testing
Apr. 20, 2018 -
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has announced Pyongyang will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile
tests and will shut down its atomic test site, the North's state media reported Saturday.
In response, President Trump tweeted:, "This is very good news for North Korea and the world - big progress! Look forward to our summit.
- Source: NewsMax
North Korea missile and nuclear test halt hailed - BBC
Trump Replacing His National Security Adviser With Hawkish Ex-Diplomat
Mar. 23, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen John Bolton to be national security adviser. Bolton is a former U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations. As an analyst on the conservative Fox News Channel he has advocated a first strike on North Korea and pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran.
Bolton, who also was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001-2005, is regarded as a hardliner and
interventionist on matters of foreign policy and defense.
- Source: Voice of America
Trump's choice of Bolton reflects American greatness - Front Page Magazine
Israeli ministers praise appointment of John Bolton - Times of Israel
Trump will accept Kim Jong Un's invitation to meet, White House says
Mar. 8, 2018 - The White House confirmed that President Trump will accept Kim Jong Un's offer to discuss a peaceful resolution to the
tensions his country has caused. President Trump tweeted:
"Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time."
- Source: Fox
North Korean nukes could reach entire U.S. within months - WND
'No response' yet from North Korea on talks with the US - BBC
John Bolton: Kim trying to 'buy time' to complete nuke program - Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton agreed the
proposed meeting is the result of Trump’s tough posture toward North Korea ...[but chances that] North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons “are pretty remote.” - WND
A new era of diplomatic relations with North Korea could be on the horizon
Mar. 7, 2018 -
South Korean officials said that North Korea expressed its "will" to denuclearize if its national security was guaranteed,
and that it would halt its nuclear and missile tests during bilateral talks.
- Source: Business Insider
North Korea willing to hold talks with US, says South Korea
Feb. 25, 2018 -
North Korea is willing to hold talks with the US, South Korea says. The announcement came after Gen Kim Yong-chol met South Korean
President Moon Jae-in before the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
- Source: BBC
Risk of global conflict at highest level since the Cold War, warns US intelligence chief
Feb. 14, 2018 - US intelligence chief Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that there is a greater risk of a global conflict
now than at any time since the end of the Cold War.
“The most immediate threats of regional interstate conflict in the next year come from North Korea and from Saudi-Iranian use of proxies in
their rivalry... threat of ... use of weapons of mass destruction will continue to grow.”
- Source: Independent - UK
Related- Mar. 6, 2018 -
F-35 aboard Navy ship in Pacific as US touts new era of ‘up-gunned’ air-sea capability - Fox
Iran Unveils New Homemade Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles Amid Massive War Celebrations
Feb. 12, 2013 -
Iranian leaders showcased their ballistic missile capabilities, including a nuclear-capable medium-range
missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts.
Iran has invested millions of dollars-- received through the landmark nuclear deal with the United States--
developing their ballistic missiles. Furthermore, it is believed that they have spent some $16 billion in recent years
on its own military and support of rogue operations in Syria and other countries.
- Source: Washington Free Beacon
Pentagon unveils new nuclear weapons strategy, ending Obama-era push to reduce U.S. arsenal
Feb. 3, 2018 - During the previous administration the U.S. minimized the role of nuclear weapons in defense planning.
It was hoped that other nations would do the same, but Russia, China and North Korea all advanced their nuclear weapons capabilities.
A new policy announced by the Pentagon Friday calls for the introduction soon of "low-yield nukes" on submarine-launched ballistic missiles,
and long-range plans for nuclear SLCMs (submarine-launched cruise missiles).
President Trump also vowed during his State of the Union address Tuesday to build a nuclear arsenal "so strong and powerful
that it will deter any acts of aggression."
- Source: Washingon Post
Russia condemns US nuclear bomb plans - BBC
China Accuses US of 'Cold War Mentality' with New Nuclear Policy - NewsMax
Russia may sell missile system to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, fueling all sides of Middle East ConflictS
Qatar’s diplomat in Moscow has said his country was in serious talks to purchase an advanced Russian anti-aircraft missile system also
sought by a number of other regional powers, some of which were at odds with one another.
- Source: Newsweek
The US appears to be quietly preparing for nuclear war with North Korea
Jan. 20, 2018 - Tensions in Korea are lowered approaching the Winter Olympics, but observers say that both the U.S. and North Korea have
made some alarming steps that could lead to nuclear war.
For only the second time ever. the US has positioned both its nuclear-capable bombers in its territory of Guam.
In addition to the usual forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in Japan, the USS Carl Vinson has also headed to the Pacific, while
the smaller carriers USS Wasp and USS Bonhomme Richard also patrol the waters.
- Source: Alex Lockey - Business Insider
Panic ensues after false alarm warns of incoming ballistic missile threat to Hawaii
Jan. 13, 2018 -
People in Hawaii were sent into a panic Saturday morning when they got an emergency alert on their phones that said,
"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."
After a period of about one half hour Officials said that the alert was a false alarm.
- Source:Business Insider
'The whole state was terrified': How Hawaii reacted to false missile alert -BBC
Update 1/15/17 -
FCC Launched 'Full Investigation' Into Hawaii False Alarm Scare - NewsMax
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