Friday, March 8, 2013

WORLD WAR III: DEFCON Warning System Moves To Code Blue - Kim Jong Un Tells Troops To "Prepare For All-Out War" And Vows To Attack South Korea As He Cancels Peace Pact In Revenge For Tough UN Sanctions; North Korean General Says Pyongyang Has Nuke-Tipped ICBMs On Standby; The Pentagon Warns North Korea Against Further Provocations!

March 08, 2013 - KOREAN PENINSULA - This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 8:15 P.M. Thursday, March 7th, 2013. Condition Blue. DEFCON 4. Condition Blue. DEFCON 4. Condition Blue. DEFCON 4. There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time, however there are events occurring in the world theatre which require closer monitoring.

North Korea has announced that it will end the cease fire armistice with South Korea on Monday, March 11th, and has threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States in retaliation for new U.N. sanctions that have been imposed upon it. While North Korea does not yet possess the capability of a nuclear ballistic missile launch, they are working toward that goal. Additionally, the United States remains extremely vulnerable to a coastal attack from ships as well as from smuggled nuclear weapons due to its porous border.

Currently, both the United States (along with South Korea) and North Korea are engaged in war games. While North Korea routinely engages in bluster, the proximity of the two war exercises coupled with very high tensions increase the risk of conflict to a level where the DEFCON Warning System believes it is prudent to raise the alert level at this time. It should be noted that the DEFCON Warning System foresees no threat to the United States directly should conflict break out.

Additionally of note, there have been some unusual moves by North Korea. The drills North Korea is conducting are on a state-wide level and there are unconfirmed reports that they have also imposed no-fly zones off its coasts, prepartory for short range missile activity. In the state capitol, has been observed that the country has begun camouflaging vehicles and making other preparations for attack. This could all be part of the drills North Korea is undertaking, but the seriousness of the situation requires a more prudent approach.

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WATCH: DEFCON Warning System - Update 3/7/13.

Kim Jong Un Tells Troops To "Prepare For All-Out War" And Vows To Attack South Korea As He Cancels Peace Pact In Revenge For Tough UN Sanctions.
Border: According to state media reports Kim Jong-Un visited the Janjae Islet Defence Detachment on the front, near the border with South Korea yesterday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today told his troops to be ready for 'all-out war' and instructed them to 'make the first gunfire' if tensions with South Korea boil over.  He also promised a 'great advance' over the border between the two nations, shortly after the North announced that it had abandoned its peace treaty with the South.  The pariah state has launched a new round of warlike rhetoric in anger over tough new sanctions imposed on it.  The UN Security council voted to impose the fresh round of sanctions targeting North Korea's economy and leadership in the wake of the country's third nuclear test.  Now the country has announced it is cancelling all non-aggression pacts with its southern neighbour, closing its hotline with Seoul, and shutting their shared border point.  North Korea, which has already threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the U.S., has said it will retaliate with 'crushing strikes' if enemies intrude into its territory 'even an inch and fire even a single shell'.  

Clampdown: North Korea has built a huge 'security perimeter' around a camp for political prisoners, restricting movement in nearby villages.
The state's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, its arm for dealing with cross-border affairs with Seoul, added that it was voiding past nuclear disarmament agreements between North and South Korea.  The announcement was broadcast by North Korea's KCNA state news agency.    South and North Korea agreed in a 1992 joint declaration not to produce, test or use nuclear weapons. North Korea has since conducted three nuclear tests.  The Obama administration yesterday dismissed the threats issued by North Korea and warned that the U.S. was 'fully capable' of defending itself from a ballistic missile attack by the communist regime.  North Korea state media warned of a 'thermonuclear war' as an unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said the North would exercise its right for 'pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors'.  North Korea boasts of nuclear bombs but is not thought to have the ability to produce a warhead that could be used on a missile capable of reaching the U.S.  In response to North Korea's third nuclear test on February 3, the UN Security Council voted to tighten financial restrictions on Pyongyang and crack down on its attempts to ship and receive banned cargo.  The resolution, which was approved unanimously by the 15-nation council, was the product of three weeks of negotiations between the U.S. and China after North Korea's nuclear test on February 12.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, said the resolution 'sent an unequivocal message to [North Korea] that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons.'  It targets North Korea's ruling elite by banning all nations from exporting expensive jewelry, yachts, luxury automobiles and race cars to the North. It also imposes new travel sanctions that would require countries to expel agents working for sanctioned North Korean companies. 

Satellite images show how North Korea is expanding its already sizeable network of prison camps.
 The success of the sanctions could depend on how well they are enforced by China, where most of the companies and banks that North Korea is believed to work with are based.  In response to the threat of a nuclear strike this week, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, Glyn Davies, said America will take necessary steps to defend itself and its allies.  Referring to warnings from Pyongyang made in 'recent hours and days', he called on the North not to miscalculate and said the U.S. was working with South Korea to ensure it is ready for any threats that arise.  Senator Robert Menendez said the North's 'absurd' threat of a nuclear strike on the U.S. would be tantamount to suicide.   U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said: 'North Korea will achieve nothing by continued threats and provocations.  'These will only further isolate the country and its people and undermine international efforts to promote peace and stability in northeast Asia'.  She continued: 'The strength, breadth and severity of these sanctions will raise the cost to North Korea of its illicit nuclear program and further constrain its ability to finance and source materials and technology for its ballistic missile, conventional and nuclear weapons programme.  'When North Korea tries to move money to pay for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, countries must now block those transfers even if the money is being carried in suitcases full of bulk cash.'   China's Ambassador Li Baodong reiterated Beijing's calls for a resumption of the stalled six-party aid-for-disarmament talks between the two Koreas, United States, China, Russia and Japan.  'We want to see full implementation of the resolution,' China's UN Ambassador Li Baodong told reporters. 'The top priority now is to defuse the tension, bring down heat, focus on the diplomatic track.'  Council diplomats say the point of the new measures is to bring the North Korea sanctions regime more in line with the tough UN measures in place against Iran.  They say the UN sanctions regime against Iran over its nuclear program, which Western powers and their allies say is intended for making weapons but Tehran claims is peaceful, has been more effective than the restrictions on Pyongyang. - Daily Mail.

WATCH: North Korea Threatens 'Aggressors' With Preemptive Strike.

WATCH: North Korea Ends Non-Aggression Pacts With South.

Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike Threat From Pyongyang.
North Korea’s short-range KN-02 missile.
[JoongAng Ilbo]
Ahead of joint war games between South Korea and the United States starting Monday, Pyongyang said it will “exercise the right to a nuclear pre-emptive strike” if the drills take place.  It also reiterated a threat to scrap the armistice agreement that halted the Korean War, which would put the entire Korean Peninsula at risk of a second civil war.  “As the United States tries to light the fuse of a nuclear war, our revolutionary forces will exercise the right of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the bases of the invaders in order to safeguard the nation’s vital interests,” said a statement by the North’s Foreign Ministry through the official Korean Central News Agency. “Starting from March 11, when the U.S. exercises for a nuclear war begin, the Choson armistice agreement will be entirely nullified, as we have declared, and our revolutionary forces will be totally free of the agreement and can take a self-defense military action at any time against any target.”  On Wednesday, the regime threatened to turn Seoul and Washington into “seas of fire” through a “precise nuclear strike.” A day prior, on Tuesday, one of its generals said on television that it could walk away from the 1953 armistice agreement that halted the Korean War.  In response Wednesday, the operations director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea warned that it would retaliate against the source of any attacks and also the leaders who ordered them.  Pyongyang has also extended the range of one of its short-range missiles to enable it to strike U.S. forces in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi, a high-ranking government official told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday. 

“Based on our analysis of the KN-02 missile that Pyongyang launched during live-fire exercises last month, we found its range reaches up to 150 or 160 kilometers [99 miles],” the official said. “We assume they boosted the force of the missile’s engine to extend the range.”  On Feb. 10, the North Korean military fired four KN-02 missiles toward the East Sea.  With the extended range, if North Korea launches it from a pad near the border, such as the city of Kaesong, the missile could reach Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, as well as Daejeon.  Currently Camp Humphreys is in Pyeongtaek, but the U.S. garrison in Yongsan, central Seoul, will move there in 2019.  The KN-02 missile can also be mounted with a payload, the South’s military said.  “The KN-02 missile uses solid fuel and it can blast off within five or ten minutes if carried on a mobile rocket launcher,” the official said. “It is a threatening weapon because of its striking accuracy.”  The North Korean military showed the KN-02 missiles for the first time at a military parade on April 25, 2007, the anniversary of the birth of its military.  According to South Korea’s military, the KN-02 is manufactured by the North Korean military based on Russia’s SS-21 Scarab missiles.  “Since Pyongyang showed the missile in 2007, it has frequently test-fired it near Wonsan, an eastern coastal city, or Hwajin, on the Yellow Sea,” the official said. “Up until recently, it has reportedly tested the missile’s engine at an institute in Samum-dong, Pyongyang.”  North Korea allegedly invited military officials from Iran and Syria to witness live-fire tests of about 10 KN-02 missiles in 2012.  Several officials in the South’s military said they were tipped off that the North has a plan to conduct live-fire exercises between Feb. 10 and 11.  On Jan. 27, 2010, two months before the warship Cheonan’s sinking, Pyongyang carried out the so-called “Time On Target” exercises, in which a variety of artillery weapons barraged a specific target.  Starting from Monday, Korea-U.S. forces will start the annual joint military exercises called Key Resolve and the Foal Eagle joint exercise began March 1. During the drills, Pyongyang will reportedly restrict its vessels from sailing in the Yellow Sea and jet planes from flying over the East Sea. - KJD.

North Korean General Says Pyongyang Has Nuke-Tipped ICBMs On Standby.
Bizmen in Kaesong complex worry
about inter-Korean relations
A North Korean general said Thursday that the country has placed long-range missiles armed with nuclear warheads on standby, as Pyongyang said it will not bow to the United Nations resolution condemning its latest atomic weapons test.

According to the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Colonel General Kang Pyo-yong said soldiers are already positioned to launch a war of reunification if the order is given by its leaders.

The paper said the general made clear at a speech given at a rally in Pyongyang that intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and other rockets capable of attacking pre-set targets have been armed with various types of atomic warheads. - YONHAP News.

North Korea Says It Will Sever Hot-line With Seoul, Nullify Non-Aggression Pacts.
North Korean citizens hold a rally in support of their military leadership. (Yonhap News)
North Korea will sever its hot-line with Seoul and nullify non-aggression agreements between the countries, the state-run news agency said Friday amid escalating tensions over the North's nuclear test last month.  "The DPRK abrogates all agreements on nonaggressions reached between the North and the South," the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, a propaganda organ against the South, said in a statement.  "The DPRK will close the Panmunjom liaison channel between the north and the south," said the English statement carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency. DPRK is the short for the country's official name Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  The statement came hours after the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution to punish the communist country for its internationally-condemned underground nuclear test on Feb. 12. - Korea Herald.

Pentagon Warns North Korea Against Further Provocations.
The Pentagon is warning North Korea to stop its provocative actions after Pyongyang threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States. Defense Department officials say that despite the North’s successful nuclear tests, they doubt it is able to deliver on its threats.  Bellicose threats from North Korea are nothing new, but this is the first time Pyongyang has threatened a direct nuclear hit on the United States.  The threat comes in response to new U. N. sanctions supported by the U.S., its allies and China -- after Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test last month.  "The resolution tabled today will take the U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea to the next level, breaking new ground and imposing significant new legal obligations," said U.S. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.  It is also a reaction to U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercises that the U.S. says are routine, but which the North claims are preparations for a U.S. nuclear attack.  “This one is more precise and perhaps more hysterical than most previous threats coming out of North Korea.  What’s changed is that the context is a bit different this time.  North Korea has edged closer to a nuclear-tipped missile capability," said Patrick Cronin, a security analyst with the Center for a New American Security in Washington. 

North Korea’s three-stage rocket launch in December and a successful nuclear test in February are reasons for U.S. officials to take the threats seriously.    Pyongyang has made good on some of its lethal threats in the past. In 2010, it launched an artillery attack that killed soldiers and civilians on the South Korean island of Yongpyeong. That same year, a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean navy ship, killing 46 sailors.  Analysts say that by threatening nuclear war, new leader Kim Jong Un is trying to prevent the United States and its allies from responding to North Korean provocations. They say his resolve for an all-out nuclear war with the United States is doubtful.  “That’s the calculus that’s going on here. It’s not actually about war. It’s about North Korean advantage in an asymmetrical situation where they’re outgunned by the outside powers,” Cronin said.  Although the North Koreans have tested individual components of a nuclear missile system, they have yet to show they have the capability to deliver a nuclear bomb.    The U.S. Defense Department, in warning the North against further provocative actions, has sent a reminder to Pyongyang that it is firmly committed to defend South Korea, where 28,000 American troops and the vessels of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet stand ready. - VOA News.

WATCH: Pentagon Warns North Korea Against Further Provocations.

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