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SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military on standby for nuclear strikes at any time, state media reported Friday, an escalation in rhetoric targeting rivals Seoul and Washington that may not yet reflect the country’s actual nuclear capacity.
The threats are part of the authoritarian government’s ramped-up propaganda push to signal strength at home and abroad in the face of what it portrays as an effort by South Korea and the United States to overthrow its leadership.
In a show of anger over the recent adoption of harsh U.N. sanctions over its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, the North fired off short-range projectiles into the sea Thursday. Friday’s report also comes ahead of huge U.S.-South Korean war games set to start next week that the North claims are invasion preparations, and amid a much harder line from rival Seoul meant to squeeze Pyongyang.
“The only way for defending the sovereignty of our nation and its right to existence under the present extreme situation is to bolster up nuclear force both in quality and quantity,” a dispatch from the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said, paraphrasing Kim. It said Kim stressed “the need to get the nuclear warheads deployed for national defense always on standby so as to be fired any moment.”
North Korea has threatened nuclear war in the past, but it is unclear just how advanced the country’s nuclear program really is. Pyongyang is thought to have a handful of likely crude atomic bombs, but there is considerable outside debate about the state of its arsenal.
Most experts say it’s highly unlikely that the North currently has a reliable, intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching U.S. shores, let alone the ability to arm it with a miniaturized nuclear warhead. But the North can probably place nuclear warheads on its shorter-range Scuds and its 1,300-kilometer-range Rodong missiles, which can strike targets in South Korea and Japan, said Lee Choon Geun, an analyst from the South’s state-funded Science and Technology Policy Institute. Other analysts, however, question this.
Kim made the most recent warning while guiding the test-firing of a new large-caliber multiple launch rocket system, the report said.
The North’s report didn’t say when the test-firing happened, but many in South Korea believe it likely refers to the six short-range projectiles that Seoul said North Korea fired into the sea on Thursday.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the North Korean projectiles, fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan, flew about 60 to 90 miles. Ministry officials said they couldn’t confirm whether the projectiles were those fired by the weapons system KCNA referred to.
Thursday’s firings were seen as a “low-level” response to the U.N. sanctions, with North Korea unlikely to launch any major provocation until its landmark ruling Workers’ Party convention in May, according to Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.
The U.N. sanctions include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by land, sea or air; a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to the North; and the expulsion of North Korean diplomats who engage in “illicit activities.”
North Korean citizens in the capital, Pyongyang, interviewed by The Associated Press said Thursday, in an echo of official propaganda, they believe their country can fight off any sanctions.
“No kind of sanctions will ever work on us, because we’ve lived under U.S. sanctions for more than half a century,” said Pyongyang resident Song Hyo Il. “And in the future, we’re going to build a powerful and prosperous country here, relying on our own development.”
North Korean state media earlier warned that the imposition of new sanctions would be a “grave provocation” that shows “extreme” U.S. hostility against the country. It said the sanctions would not result in the country’s collapse or prevent it from launching more rockets.
Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates new activity, possibly preparations for a rocket engine test, at a North Korean launch site where the country fired a long-range rocket on Feb. 6, according to an analysis by the North Korea-focused 38 North website.
In another development that will anger the North, South Korean and U.S. officials were set to begin formal talks Friday on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.
The deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, is opposed by North Korea, China and Russia. Opponents say the system could help U.S. radar spot missiles in other countries.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she’ll cooperate with the international community to try to end North Korean “tyranny that suppress the freedom and human rights” of its own people. She recently warned of the North’s collapse, and the country’s parliament has passed a human rights bill that will enrage Pyongyang with criticism of the abysmal treatment of its citizens.
In January, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb. Last month, it put a satellite into orbit with a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others saw as a cover for a test of banned ballistic missile technology.
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BREAKING: Homeland Security On HIGH ALERT After Who Just Went Missing Within The U.S. And It’s BAD
One-hundred-and-fifty people brought to the U.S. for military training have gone absent without leave (AWOL) and they could be dangerous. Over ten of them are missing and could be lurking anywhere in America. The people brought over are Afghan troops who were supposed to receive training, but since arriving as far back as 2005, they’ve gone AWOL or vanished completely. Some live as illegal immigrants. Other’s haven’t been found at all. There’s at least 13 still missing and it doesn’t seem like anyone has any leads on their whereabouts.
A major part of the problem is that the imported soldiers don’t go through an interview process nor are they required to register as an alien upon their arrival in the United States. It’s reported, by Washington Post, that people usually go through the interview and alien registration process, but it seems like the Afghan troops are exempt from both procedures.
More than 150 Afghan troops brought to the U.S. for military training have gone AWOL since 2005, with 13 of them still unaccounted for and perhaps living as here illegal immigrants now, an inspector general said in a new report Friday.
Part of the problem is that the U.S. never puts the trainees through an in-person interview and exempts them from registering as aliens when they arrive — both steps that other visitors would normally have to go through.
In-person interviews and requiring the troops to register beforehand would help the government gauge whether someone is likely to go absent without leave, and would give immigration officers information about relatives in the U.S. as starting points when someone does go AWOL, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said.
But the State Department rejected those suggestions.
The audit said that while no acts of terrorism have yet been traced to the trainees, immigration agents say they’re worried because a number who go AWOL end up trying to claim asylum in the U.S., stymieing any national security investigation into their behavior.
Beyond the potential danger, American taxpayers also miss out on the investment in the troops
There’s two main concerns when troops from other countries go missing without leave. The first problem is that they could be dangerously lurking in the country and no one really knows who they are or where they’re at. That’s potentially dangerous in terms of terrorism or other forms of attacks. It’s quoted above as there not being any acts of terrorism linked to trainees, which is good. It makes sense for the trainees who went AWOL to not commit any crime if they simply came here to secretly start a new life in asylum.
The second problem is that money has been wasted bringing them here and then needing to find replacements as necessary. It’s not cheap to fly people from Afghanistan to America, so imagine how many extra flights there may have been thanks to people going missing and our government not having much of an idea of where they are, who they’re with, or what they’re doing.
Investigators identified 152 Afghan trainees who have gone absent without leave under the training program. Seventy of them fled the U.S., 39 managed to obtain legal status here, three returned to duty, 27 were arrested and put in deportation proceedings, and 13 remain unaccounted for.
The largest number disappeared from training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, but four went AWOL from training in D.C., three disappeared from Quantico, Virginia, and one from Arlington.
The State Department and Homeland Security said they don’t think there’s a reason to be concerned.
State officials said they don’t want to do in-person interviews before issuing visas to Afghan troops, and said they’re not convinced of the importance of full registration either.
It’s slightly bizarre to see Afghan soldiers fly to America, then flee the country. Almost 40 Afghan troops gained legal status in America, which is great because they followed the laws – thank you for that. Learning that 3 soldiers returned to duty is very noble and let’s hope they remain loyal to the job they signed up for.
What is definitely alarming is that State officials do not want interviews or full registration. That doesn’t make much sense if you ask a regular everyday person. When your country brings soldiers from another country over for training, and they start disappearing, then it’s time to take roll more effectively than ever. One simply does not permit random people into their country and not keep tabs on them.
Call it crazy, but they may want to consider the interviews and full interviews with which one might determine the soldier is bound to haul off once they hit pay dirt in America.
Should there be more strict vetting upon everyone entering the country? For the people who are against extreme vetting – how would you ensure someone entering American is safe to have as an overnight guest?
BREAKING: Trump Just ENDED It For Every NASTY Liberal Who Crossed Him In One INCREDIBLE Call
Liberals’ latest attack on President Donald Trump in a desperate effort to take him down was to claim that he made insensitive remarks to a Gold Star family after their black soldier son was killed in the line of duty. The left has reached such a level of depravity that they are actually using this family as their political tools, who they will soon toss to the side as soon as they get their mileage out it. That family could soon be learning how liberals really feel about their pain and loss, now that Trump has just ended this fake controversy that liberals created with the release of a leaked call he recently made to the family of a Special Forces soldier.
It’s very clear who has no respect for our military and it’s not Trump. Leave it to liberals to use tragedy to their advantage and this case is no different. Trump just proved how he really feels when a soldier’s life is lost while fighting for our country and it’s nothing like what his detractors have been saying about it over the last week.
Natasha De Alencar tragically lost her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar back in April while he was in the line of duty. After hearing what happened, Trump picked up the phone to reach out to the widow, in the same way he did with this Gold Star family at the center of liberal’s controversy. While the twisted what the president said as being insensitive and rude, simply so they could have something to be used against him, another family in this same situation had a much different reaction to what he had to say to them, and it’s not what liberals want to hear right now.
De Alencar released the footage which proves what an incredible president we now have, especially compared to his predecessor who didn’t make time to share his condolences with Gold Star families.
“I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a, what a horrible thing – except that he’s an unbelievable hero. You know, all of the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was,” Trump told Natasha during the exchange shared with the Washington Post. “Everyone tells me how great he was,” Trump added. “He was the boss … He was their friend. They all loved him.
“I’m glad that you got to hear a little bit about him, sir, Natasha replied to the president. “My husband is, to me, he was already my hero. We’ve been together 15 years, five children.”
This wasn’t all the widow had to say. She was so deeply touched by the fact that he took the time to call her and what he had to say during that conversation, that she wanted to set the record straight to all who say otherwise.
The Daily Mail reports:
When the mother of five went into detail discussing the successes of her children, the President inquired further and asked about her eldest son’s scholarship and experience playing football for Missouri Valley College.
The conversation also led to the commander-in-chief offering Natasha an invitation to the Oval Office.
The seemingly pleasant interaction was filmed by one of Natasha’s children, while Trump told the widowed mother to tell the rest of the kids in the room that ‘their father was a great hero’ who he greatly ‘respected’.
After their lengthy call where the president was far more involved and interested in her husband, her family, and their lives, De Alencar said that Trump “was a great guy, he was a boss.” This is a long shot from what the left has claimed of him, perhaps in part to cover up Barack Obama’s constant lack of compassion for fallen soldiers and their families.
“On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, defended Trump after he received criticism from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson – who listened in on another one of the President’s phone calls with a Gold Star family,” Mail Online reported. “Wilson accused the President of making ‘insensitive’ remarks during the condolence call.”
“Kelly, who lost his own son in Afghanistan back in 2010, appeared somber while speaking on the matter at a press conference. ‘It stuns me that a Member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me. I thought at least that was sacred,’ Kelly said in the statement.”
Nothing is “sacred” to liberals who will kneel for our flag that these soldiers died defending. They will invade other people’s privacy, like this congresswoman did, just to get one over on Trump. The loss that the Gold Star family is suffering right now is not even respected since it’s being used for their gain and that’s what’s truly sick and disrespectful…not what they twisted about what Trump said in a compassionate call to them and all other families of fallen soldiers.
Here’s A Look At Our Military’s New Weapon Systems
Some badass firepower!
President Trump had promised to build a strong military during his candidacy and has followed through with it as president. However, most people are unaware of what our military has done in the past few years. So here is a list of the currently available new weapons systems.
Boeing’s High Energy Laser (HEL) is sometimes referred to as a “death ray on wheels”. The Army’s new laser has already been “successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars.”
The Army’s Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) uses a 30-kilowatt laser that has shown the ability to shoot down a drone.
This weapons system is being used by the Navy as a defensive weapon on a ship that will “shoot down incoming missiles, drones, boats and other potential threats.” It will eventually be a 150 kilowatt weapon that will be eventually placed on a destroyer or aircraft carrier.
The High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) is a laser weapon designed for use by the Air Force “to defend against surface-to-air threats” such as enemy aircraft, surface-to-air missiles, and rockets.
The Laser Identification through Scattering and Beam Recognition (LITSABR) is defensive weapon designed to detect laser beams being projected by enemy forces.
It should be noted that lasers are viewed as so important that members of congress have asked the military to get them into the field – faster.
The Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile (CHAMP), is a non-lethal missile that projects a microwave pulse that effectively acts as an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP). The EMP will shut down all computers and electronics within its range.
The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is designed to serve the Army, Marines, and Navy. It is “equipped to allow for laser, millimeter-wave and thermal targeting systems to be installed.”
This is a 40 mm guided missile designed to be launched from a grenade launcher that can reach up to 1.2 miles.
This is a 12 pound, 22 inch long, laser-guided missile designed to be launched from a drone at enemy ground forces and equipment.
Bombs and Projectiles
“This new technology makes it possible for any larger gun to fire shells that can be programmed to explode with pinpoint accuracy, either before, above or inside a target.”
This 208 pound, 70 inch long all-weather laser-guided bomb that can travel up to 40 miles.
The railgun is designed for ships to launch projectiles electromagnetically (rather than by traditional means) at speeds greater than 4,500 mph (about Mach 6 or six times the speed of sound) to targets more than 100 miles away.
Weapons and Weapon Systems
Also known as the Typhoon Weapon System, this is a 25-mm machine gun installed for ship self-defense to counter High Speed Maneuvering Surface Targets (aka “fast boats”).
And finally, the
The Carl Gustav is an 84 mm man-portable reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle. It becomes a shoulder-fired rocket launcher if a post-firing booster is added. This weapon is designed to be used against both personnel and tanks.
Welcome the 21st Century and our U.S. Armed Forces.
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