In the last few days, the United States and North Korea have engaged in a battle of blazing rhetoric. It’s been a cold war of hot words.
After the UN Security Council passed a sanctions resolution against North Korea last week, the rogue state promised a “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States. They threatened to “turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war.”
President Trump said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Acting as an accelerant on the blazing rhetoric was news that North Korea has now passed another milestone in its quest to make the U.S. mainland vulnerable to its nuclear weapons. On Tuesday, major media outlets, starting with the Washington Post, began saying that the Defense Intelligence Agency now believes North Korea has the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons for use on ICBMs…. read more
North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.
The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller.
The findings are likely to deepen concerns about an evolving North Korean military threat that appears to be advancing far more rapidly than many experts had predicted. U.S. officials last month concluded that Pyongyang is also outpacing expectations in its effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking cities on the American mainland…. read more
The top general of the U.S. Army said tough choices will have to be made in the near future regarding North Korea. The statement came on the heels of Pentagon officials telling CBN News that North Korea was about to test another intercontinental ballistic missile in the near future. Then on Friday the communist regime did exactly that. In a candid interview at the National Press Club, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said North Korea is the biggest threat to
America and we can no longer take a wait-and-see attitude. “War in the Korean Peninsula would be terrible. However, a nuclear weapon detonating in Los Angeles would be terrible,” Gen. Milley said. He went on to say the North Korea threat is serious and it’s not going in a good direction. Military experts say the North is a country with a wide variety of missiles, a sizeable conventional force, along with chemical and nuclear weapons… read more and watch video
Another U.S. citizen has been detained in North Korea, according to a report Sunday.
North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song, who worked for Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was detained Saturday “on suspension of his hostile acts against it,” Reuters reported.
This is the fourth American citizen currently in North Korean detention, and the second taken in under a month.
In April, Kim Sang-duk, who also goes by his American name, Tony Kim was detained in North Korea when he attempted to leave the country for “hostile criminal acts with an aim to subvert the country,” KCNA said, according to the New York Times…. read more
lhwm notes: This is the fourth victim North Korea has taken and then makes demands (North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Threatens To Nuke White House And Destroy “Murderous American Ogres”).
With each passing day, it becomes more and more clear that North Korea has a very short temper.
After Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un a “madman,” which hurt the “dignity of the supreme leadership” according to North Korea’s state-run news, the communist regime responded saying Israel is going to face a “merciless, thousand-fold punishment.”
In an interview with Hebrew news site Walla this week, the hawkish Liberman stated that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is a “madman” and that together with the leaders of Iran and Syria was part of an “insane and radical” gang that was bent on undermining international stability…. read more
(CNN)US intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have developed innovative ways to plant explosives in electronic devices that FBI testing shows can evade some commonly used airport security screening methods, CNN has learned.
Heightening the concern is US intelligence suggesting that terrorists have obtained sophisticated airport security equipment to test how to effectively conceal explosives in laptops and other electronic devices.
The intelligence, gathered in the last several months, played a significant role in the Trump administration’s decision to prohibit travelers flying out of 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices aboard planes…. read more
The United States should expect a “strong slap in the face” if it underestimates Iran’s defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.
Since taking office last month, US President Donald Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all US options were on the table.
“The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake,” said General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guards’ ground forces, quoted by the Guards’ website Sepahnews…. [read more]
Iran’s threats against Israel and the US are becoming bolder and louder. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is now repeatedly threatening Israel’s annihilation relatively soon.
According to Iran’s Press TV, Khamenei recently stated:
“The Zionist regime — as we have already said — will cease to exist in the next 25 years if there is a collective and united struggle by the Palestinians and the Muslims against the Zionists.”
In addition, Iranian officials are warning President-elect Donald Trump that if he makes any wrong move, it would lead to a World War, wiping Israel from the face of earth and destroying the smaller Gulf states.
Iranian leaders are adopting their classic tactics and strategy of threatening in advance — and frequently — probably to obtain concessions, push the next US administration to pursue policies of appeasement, and, more importantly, to drive the US to abandon Israel…. [read more]