Category Archives: Nuclear

North Korea may have ‘reliable’ nuclear missile next year [2018]: report – NY Daily News

North Korea and the Kim Jong Un regime will likely have a “reliable” intercontinental ballistic missile next year, according to a report.

The international pariah was previously thought to be years away from such a weapon, but a Defense Intelligence Agency assessment reported by the Washington Post says it could be ready and reliable in 2018.

A succession of recent missile tests by North Korea, including an ICBM earlier this month, has accelerated concerns about the regime as a nuclear power.

North Korea may have ‘reliable’ nuclear missile next year: report – NY Daily News

North Korea (NK) must build a miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of reentering the atmosphere. I believe it does have a miniaturized nuclear warhead but the reentry problem remains. The article says there are indications that NK may test a reentry vehicle this week.

Naturally NK will be sharing everything it knows with Iran. We can probably expect Iran to have a fully operational ICBM arsenal with nuclear warheads not too long after the expiration of the nuclear agreement in 2025. And I would expect that we will see the world’s first nuclear terrorism once Iran becomes untouchable.

We are entering the dark ages.

Take a look at a few verses from Revelation:

Revelation 18

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7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

There is no country on the planet that I would enjoy watching suffer more than Iran. I want to see Iran turned into a glass parking lot. And apparently, I am one of the few on the planet who view Iran as the Mystery Babylon. Iranians call their land the motherland. She is arrogant and soon will become untouchable (shall see no sorrow.) She is not a queen yet, but that will change if America, Russia and China go to war. Then it will be the EU as king and Iran as queen. On the Iranian flag is the name of Allah, the beast.

Revelation 17

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Iran will use nuclear terrorism against Rome, hence the reference above. It is this act that brings nuclear retaliation from NATO upon an utterly shocked Iran. She thought she was untouchable but she was wrong. Both Europe and Iran will be wiped out along with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies.

US Must Stop Nuke-Seeking Iran From Becoming Another North Korea

Their letter notes:

1. Iran is operating more advanced nuclear centrifuges than it is supposed to;

2. Iran has repeatedly exceeded the limits the JCPOA places on its heavy water stocks, and sells the surplus heavy water for profit;

3. Iran is illegally trying to procure nuclear and missile technology outside of JCPOA-approved channels;

4. Iran is refusing to grant international inspectors access to military facilities in Iran.

US Must Stop Nuke-Seeking Iran From Becoming Another North Korea

North Korea’s Yongbyon Facility: Probable Production of Additional Plutonium for Nuclear Weapons | 38 North

Thermal imagery analysis of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicates that from September 2016 through June 2017:

  • The Radiochemical Laboratory operated intermittently and there have apparently been at least two unreported reprocessing campaigns to produce an undetermined amount of plutonium that can further increase North Korea’s nuclear weapons stockpile. This suggests batch rather than continuous processing of spent fuel rods from the 5 MWe Reactor during the period of analysis.
  • Increased thermal activity was noted at the Uranium Enrichment Facility. It is unclear if this was the result of centrifuge operations or maintenance operations. Centrifuge operations would increase the North’s enriched uranium inventory; however, based on imagery alone, it is not possible to conclude whether the plant is producing low or highly enriched uranium.
  • The thermal patterns at the probable Isotope/Tritium Production Facility have remained consistent, suggesting that the facility is not operational, or is operating at a very low level. This means, the facility is likely not producing tritium, which is an essential isotope used in the production of boosted yield nuclear weapons and hydrogen bombs.
  • From December 2016 through January 2017, the thermal pattern over the Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR) was elevated. While that might indicate that the reactor was operational, the likelihood is low since the pattern does not appear in subsequent imagery over the last six months. It is possible that there are alternative explanations for the elevated pattern, for example, short-term activity at the ELWR such as the heating of pipes to prevent freezing. Regardless, any activity at the ELWR is cause for concern and bears continued monitoring.
  • The 5 MWe Reactor has either been intermittently operating at a low-level or not operating. The notable exception to this was during December 2016 and January 2017 when thermal patterns suggests a higher level of operations.

Analysis

North Korea’s Yongbyon Facility: Probable Production of Additional Plutonium for Nuclear Weapons | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

Russia’s Satan Nuclear Missile Said Capable of Destroying Countries, but It’s Taking a Long Time to Get Right

Russia has faced numerous delays in building its “Satan 2” nuclear missile said to be capable of taking out entire countries at once, but another devastating weapon of mass destruction system may soon be in the works as well.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday that Moscow’s defense ministry was immediately prepared to begin work on both the oft-delayed RS-28 Sarmat (NATO calls it the SS-X-30 “Satan 2”) and on the Barguzin railroad combat missile complex, a train system said to be able to deliver nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to targets thousands of miles away. Both weapons, which have origins in the country’s Soviet past, may soon be resurrected amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington—if Russia’s government and technological capabilities allow.

Russia’s Satan Nuclear Missile Said Capable of Destroying Countries, but It’s Taking a Long Time to Get Right

North Korea is now able to hit Japan with nuclear missile, says Japanese newspaper | The Independent

“North Korea appears to have completed the development of a Japan-targeted nuclear missile,” the paper reported the national security source saying.

The test-fired missile reportedly travelled at 15 times the speed of sound. Japanese and US military officials said the missile flew around 800km and reached an altitude of 2,000km before it dropped into the sea.

North Korea is now able to hit Japan with nuclear missile, says Japanese newspaper | The Independent

The North Korea Instability Project: Overview of North Korea’s NBC Infrastructure | 38 North

During the past 40+ years North Korea has consistently pursued expanding its nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) programs with impressive single-mindedness and determination, and fully in line with its national philosophy of juche (self-sufficiency). Available information indicates that North Korea: possesses—or will soon possess—operational nuclear weapons and continues to develop such weapons; possesses an ongoing offensive biological weapons research program, may possess an inventory of these weapons and continues to conduct research into new capabilities; and possesses a longstanding chemical weapons program with a militarily significant inventory of such weapons, and continues to conduct research into more advanced chemical weapons.

Download the report “Overview of North Korea’s NBC Infrastructure,” by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.

Find other papers in The North Korea Instability Project series

The North Korea Instability Project: Overview of North Korea’s NBC Infrastructure | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

North Korea Could Test Nuclear-Tipped ICBM (That Can Hit America) This Year | The National Interest Blog

North Korea may be close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, state media suggested Saturday.

North Korea is believed to have figured out how to mount a miniaturized nuclear bomb on a ballistic missile, the re-entry vehicle is suspected to have survived the IRBM test, and the North’s engine technology has improved. North Korea is likely still several years away from a reliable ICBM, but it is checking off a number of key boxes in the research and development process.

North Korea Could Test Nuclear-Tipped ICBM (That Can Hit America) This Year | The National Interest Blog

Iran Developing Advanced Nuclear Capabilities, Heightening Time to Weapon

Iran is believed to be developing advanced nuclear-related capabilities that could significantly reduce the time it needs to build a deliverable nuclear weapon, according to statements by Iranian officials that have fueled speculation among White House officials and nuclear experts that the landmark accord has heightened rather than reduced the Islamic Regime’s nuclear threat.

The head of Iran’s nuclear program recently announced the Islamic Republic could mass produce advanced nuclear centrifuges capable of more quickly enriching uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon. Work of this nature appears to violate key clauses of the nuclear agreement that prohibits Iran from engaging in such activity for the next decade or so.

Iran Developing Advanced Nuclear Capabilities, Heightening Time to Weapon

Once the nuclear agreement ends in 2025, then I expect Iran to hit the ground running. It will probably have an extensive nuclear arsenal by 2030 or sooner. I would also anticipate the threat of nuclear terrorism around the same time period. Once Iran feels safe with a large nuclear arsenal, then the probability of nuclear terrorism goes way up.

Report says Israel planned atomic detonation in Sinai if Six Day War went wrong | The Times of Israel

One the eve of the Six Day War, with the country surrounded by enemies and unsure of its future, Israel developed a “doomsday” plan to detonate an atomic bomb in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as a warning to the Arabs, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The report was based on an interview conducted by leading Israeli nuclear scholar Avner Cohen with retired IDF brigadier general Itzhak Yaakov, who reportedly oversaw the plan.

“It’s the last secret of the 1967 war,” Cohen told the paper.

Report says Israel planned atomic detonation in Sinai if Six Day War went wrong | The Times of Israel

The Big China Nuclear Threat No One Is Talking About | The National Interest Blog

This isn’t meant to suggest that China is going to substantially overhaul the size of its nuclear arsenal overnight. If history is any guide, China is likely to build up its arsenal in a cautious, methodical manner. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that China’s nuclear arsenal is going to get larger in the years ahead, and U.S. nuclear and arms-control strategy must account for this fact.

The Big China Nuclear Threat No One Is Talking About | The National Interest Blog