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Postby ReadyMom » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:40 am

Guam preps citizens on how to survive a nuclear attack
http://www.wgal.com/article/guam-preps- ... k/11808212

The government of the small island has released fact sheets with unsettling details

Aug 11, 2017

No one really knows how close or how far we are from a possibly nuclear conflict with North Korea. But officials in Guam, the tiny island territory that Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack, aren't keeping citizens in the dark.

Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense released a two-page fact sheet on social media and their website. The fact sheet tells people how to prepare for an attack, and what to do if an attack actually occurred.

The advice is specific and unsettling:

    "Make a list of potential concrete shelters near your home, workplace or school."
    "Do not look at the flash or fireball -- It can blind you."
    "Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit."
    "When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water...do not scrub or scratch the skin."
    "Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to you hair."

See the fact sheets here.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:10 am

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How a North Korean attack could play out: Analysts
http://abcnews.go.com/US/north-korean-a ... d=49114155

Aug 10, 2017

The continuing escalation of verbal threats by North Korea and harsh warnings from American officials has sparked questions about whether military conflict between the U.S. and Pyongyang is possible, and if so, what it could look like.

Two foreign policy experts stressed in interviews with ABC News both that because North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's main priority will always be to ensure continuation of his family’s regime he will likely hesitate to take any steps that could threaten their control.

“The whole goal is regime survival,” said ABC News aviation consultant Steve Ganyard, a retired Marine Corps colonel.

Scott Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told ABC News that Kim probably knows he can’t use nuclear weapons for offensive purposes if he wants to survive and “what we know of Kim Jong Un is that he wants to survive.”

Aside from Kim's interest in self-preservation, it remains unclear whether North Korea has all of the necessary technology to make an offensive strike possible.

Ganyard said North Korea would have to have four essentials in place before making nuclear strike: a nuclear weapon, missiles, technology that allows a missile to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere without igniting, and the capability to target missiles.

Kim "showed us that the rocket has the range” necessary to strike parts of the U.S. through recent missile tests, Ganyard said. And, a U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency report cited the broader U.S. intelligence community's analysis that North Korea has a miniaturized nuclear weapon that could fit on a rocket. Separately, Japan's defense ministry came to a similar conclusion.

But it remains unknown if the North Koreans have the re-entry or target technology necessary for such an attack.

“At this stage, even with the [Defense Intelligence Agency] report out there, I would still say that they have an unproven capability to deliver because there has not been a judgment yet about their ability to master re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere, so that applies for now to the continental United States,” Snyder said.

“But that may not apply in months,” he added.

Despite the reasons why North Korea may be unlikely to mount a nuclear strike, the country's threatening rhetoric has not died down.

Several U.S. cities or territories are within a range which experts believe North Korea's missiles could potentially reach.

What happens if Guam is attacked?

Pyongyang's latest statement, read on state-run television today, said North Korea is "seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four ... ballistic rockets" in the water about 18 to 24 miles off the coast of the U.S. territory.

Ganyard said that any such action would be viewed as an “act of war, even if [Kim] doesn’t hit it ... even if he shoots at it.”

“Shooting at Guam is no different than shooting at New York City,” he said.

Guam is home to several bases for U.S. armed forces, including the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Guam already has a defense system in place, -- the U.S. Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD -- which shoots down ballistic missiles. For this reason, Ganyard said, an attack on Guam “sort of doesn’t make sense.”

Snyder said North Korea’s current, announced threats and its earlier suggestions of possibly targeting Guam is unusual and a departure from the nation's penchant for secrecy.

“It’s odd given that they have threatened nuclear strike on the U.S. mainland before. Why are they ratcheting it down?” Snyder said.

What happens if Anchorage, Alaska, is attacked?

Ganyard said that if Anchorage or any part of the mainland United States were attacked, the response would be swift and destructive.

The U.S. response would involve intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear weapons "raining down on targets that have been predetermined since 1957.”

“U.S. policy since Eisenhower has been, ‘You come across the [demilitarized zone], or you attack the United States and you will immediately be obliterated by thermonuclear weapons,’” Ganyard said.

Another deterrent to an attack on Alaska is that it is protected by a ground-based interceptor system, which has just over a 50 percent success rate in intercepting incoming long-range missiles. There are 32 ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, and an additional four at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

“[The interceptor] would have a hard time protecting Hawaii, but it would protect Alaska and the mainland,” Ganyard said. One problem, however, is that it “could not handle a barrage of 10 incoming missiles. It could pick off a few but we're not there yet. It’s too developmental a system,” he said.

What happens if Seattle, Washington, is attacked?

“If you’re looking for the shortest and closest place in the mainland to hit [with an intercontinental ballistic missile], it would be Seattle,” Snyder said.

Besides its geographic proximity to North Korea, there is a military reason why Seattle could an attractive target.

Snyder said any troops from U.S. Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state would be directed through Seattle if they “have a North Korea mission in mind.” So, a strike that cut off that route could make such American troop deployments difficult.

But, Snyder noted that the latest understanding of North Korean military capability is that the country may lack the re-entry technology necessary for an effective attack targeting specific parts of the U.S. mainland.

What if South Korea or Japan are attacked?

Both South Korea and Japan have been within range of North Korea's weapons for some time, so the threat to those countries is not new.

“They already have lived with the threats, whereas Americans are not living with the threats currently but may face it imminently,” Snyder said.

If South Korea were attacked, Ganyard said that “because [President Donald Trump is] bound by a treaty, we will defend them the same way we would defend the United States.”

How all of this could be avoided

The biggest inhibitor to any attack right now is that the North Korean military may still lack certain technological capabilities, which experts believe would, for the time being, keep the country from following through on some of its more specific and extreme threats.

“At present, still I’m not sure the capability is there,” Snyder said.

Rather than merely counting on a delay in Pyongnang's developing the needed technology, diplomatic routes are still available, Ganyard said.

He said it would be possible for the U.S. and other nations to “crack down on the sanctions on the illicit part of the economy,” of North Korea, which he said includes drug smuggling, money laundering, and components of their nuclear weapons program, all of which help fund the North Korean government. That strategy could exert enough economic pressure for Kim Jong Un's regime to reach a "certain pain point” that prompts him to make changes.

“He's learned the lesson of Saddam [Hussein] and Muammar [Gaddafi]," Ganyard said. "He's never going to give up his nukes, so I think at some point we go back to Cold War-style deterrence and containment the way we did with the Soviet Union successfully.”
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:22 am

Joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises to coincide with North Korea threat to Guam
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/201 ... 558675001/

Aug. 11, 2017

North Korea's threat to lob four missiles toward Guam in mid-August coincides with longstanding plans by the U.S. and South Korea to mount annual large-scale sea, land and air exercises that have traditionally rankled Pyongyang.

In the past, North Korea has responded to the annual exercises by carrying out missile launches or live-fire artillery drills, calling the joint exercises — which often include mock landings between U.S. Marines and South Korean troops — a rehearsal for war.

The annual military event, named Ulchi-Freedom Guardian this year, is set for Aug. 21-31 and will go ahead as planned, South Korean officials said Friday, The Guardian reported. The annual exercises also include South Korean civilian emergency drills.

U.S. Forces Korea is still considering whether or how to announce the plan for the exercise, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. One problem is the lack of an official communication channel with the North to alert it to the training schedule in advance.

"As a matter of routine, we do not discuss the details regarding future operations. We have a longstanding and ironclad alliance with our ROK (Republic of Korea) Navy partners," said Lt. Tabitha Klingensmith, a public affairs officer at the U.S. Naval Forces Korea, according to Yonhap. "Both navies routinely share information to ensure the continued security of the ROK. North Korea is a volatile and dangerous threat, and we will continue to work openly with our ROK partners to counter any threat presented."

The annual test of wills this year is playing out against increasing tension between North Korea and the U.S., with President Trump warning of "fire and fury" if Pyongyang issues more threats, and North Korea responding with — more threats.

In the latest exchange, Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

Washington and Seoul say the exercises, involving tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops, are a deterrent against North Korean aggression.

The U.S. has some 35,000 personnel at 83 sites in South Korea in an alliance stemming from the 1950-53 Korean war.

In addition, the U.S. has installed a terminal high-altitude area defense system, or THAAD, in South Korea aimed at destroying incoming missiles from the north.

On Thursday, U.S. Marines joined members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces for the opening of 18 days of joint exercises called Northern Viper being carried out on Japan's island of Hokkaido
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:26 am

Trump says US is 'locked and loaded' amid North Korea threat
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08 ... hreat.html

August 11, 2017

President Trump took to Twitter early Friday issuing yet another stark warning to North Korea that the United States’ military was “locked and loaded,” and urged the rogue regime’s dictator to “find another path.”

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” the president tweeted Friday morning, amid escalating tensions this week.

Trump’s tweet comes after days of tough rhetoric toward the regime, which has made several threats to the United States amid a new United Nations sanctions package that was passed unanimously last week.

Earlier this week, Trump reacted to reports that North Korea had produced a compact nuclear warhead and warned the country they “will be met with fire and fury” if they carry out an attack. Hours later, state media in North Korea reported that its leaders were seriously considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam.

“Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before –what will happen in North Korea,” Trump said Thursday, at his property in Bedminster, N.J., in response to Kim Jong Un’s threats to attack the U.S. territory. “It’s not a dare, it’s a statement.”

Trump added: “He has disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific. And with me, he’s not getting away with it. It’s a whole new ball game.”

The president has faced some criticism in Washington for the tone of his rhetoric against Pyongyang, with lawmakers warning he could needlessly escalate the standoff. But Trump maintained Thursday his words might not have been "tough enough."

The warnings from Trump come as China – North Korea’s primary ally – issued a veiled warning to the U.S.

China’s government, via state media, said it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the U.S. but would defend its neighbor if the U.S. were to strike first against Kim Jong Un.

Meanwhile, other Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan and Australia, have come out in support of the United States in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby TRex2 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:39 am

PatrioticStabilist wrote:Yeah, we are only dealing with nuclear war and possible involvement of many nations
with ultimate annihilation of the human race.

The fiction that we are going to annihilate the human race is great
for science fiction, but we should stick to reality here.

Seems to me a lot of caution needs to be taken.

The kind of caution that our generals use in dealing with
the placement and exposure of our assets? True.

The kind of caution that Trumps predecessors displayed to the world
in the past 24 years? Absolutely not. That will encourage our enemies,
including those whom Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama armed with
nuclear weapons, to attack us, and our allies.
Calling Islam a religion isn't much different than calling Nazism or Communism a religion.
Both were also political movements with a religious component, just like Islam.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby anita » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:43 am

Thanks for posting that Guam HS list, ReadyMom. Who knew about the conditioner??

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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ajax727 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:58 am

Well hell just look up who gave them the ability to build a nuke . In short It was our leadership from the past governments and you can't say it was just one party repubs or democraps . Money money it what it was all about . Now we are in a bind because of this greedy money hungry SOB'S . We should put all of them on the front line from the old to the young and watch the glow .
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:18 pm

China hangs North Korea out to dry: Start a war with the U.S. and you’re on your own
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/08/11 ... ign=buffer

China recently announced through a state-run newspaper that it will not come to North Korea’s aid if the communist country starts a fight with the United States, but would intervene if Washington struck first.

The announcement was made through The Global Times newspaper. According to The Washington Post, experts said the news outlet is not an official mouthpiece of China’s communist government, but does reflect government policy in the editorial for this announcement. Experts labeled The Global Times as “semiofficial,” according to The Washington Post.

In the Friday editorial, China urged both Pyongyang and Washington not to escalate the tensions between themselves, or create any more instability in the Korean Peninsula. It noted, however, that it has been unable to persuade either side to de-escalate up to this point.

Beijing said it will intervene in order to protect its own interests, if this “reckless game” is continued, and a fight breaks out that no one wants:

Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time. It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand.

China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.

China opposes both nuclear proliferation and war in the Korean Peninsula. It will not encourage any side to stir up military conflict, and will firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned. It is hoped that both Washington and Pyongyang can exercise restraint. The Korean Peninsula is where the strategic interests of all sides converge, and no side should try to be the absolute dominator of the region
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This announcement from The Global Times answers the question of where China will stand should fighting break out. Until recently, it was not certain what Beijing would do in the event of a U.S. war with North Korea, however, this announcement may put pressure on both the U.S. and North Korea to reconsider peaceful options.

As the tension between the U.S. and North Korea continues to increase, President Donald Trump and his administration have been critical of China for their soft-handed approach in dealing with their communist allies.

On July 29, Trump blasted Beijing openly in a tweet where he expressed his disappointment in China for not doing enough to help the U.S. dissuade North Korea from their war footing despite being a massive trade partner.

Also, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement on July 28, and laid the blame for North Korea’s swift advancements in missile technology at China’s feet.

However, China said it believed it has taken large steps to decrease tensions in the region. According to The Guardian, China’s viewed its participation in the sanctions passed by the U.N. against North Korea as a large concession. The Guardian also reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping found Trump’s threat to North Korea of “fire and fury” both unhelpful and unnecessary.

The instability in the Korean Peninsula aside, China and the U.S. are engaged in a separate conflict in the South China Sea over trade route territorial disputes.

On Thursday, the U.S. destroyer USS John S. McCain sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island China built in the area. The maneuver was part of a “freedom of navigation operation” meant to challenge China’s claim over a South China Sea trade route that Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim as theirs as well.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:16 pm

ВREАKING: Аuѕtrаliа Таkеѕ HUGЕ Ѕtаnd Fоr Аmericа… Putѕ Nоrth Коreа Оn Nоticе
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While the world watches and waits to see the next moves made by Washington and North Korea, other world leaders are setting the table for what could end up a conflict, or worse, a full-on war. Our dear friends down under just stunned the world with one epic statement about defending the United States and how they feel about North Korea.

Breitbart reports: CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says if North Korea directy launches an attack on the United States mainland or any of its overseas territories including Guam, Australia will immediately join the conflict.

“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States,” Mr Turnbull told local radio station 3AW on Friday morning. “So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked.”

The ANZUS Treaty binds the U.S., Australia and New Zealand together in a defense pact covering military matters in the Pacific Ocean region. It provides that an armed attack on any of the three parties would be dangerous to the others, and that each should act to meet the common threat.

Mr Turnbull also revealed he had discussed North Korea’s behaviour with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence overnight, calling it “the most dangerous flashpoint in the world today, ” adding the terms of the Australia-U.S. alliance were clear.

“But be under no misapprehension, in terms of defence, we are joined at the hip,” he said. “The American alliance is the absolute bedrock of our national security. If there is an attack on the U.S. … we would come to their aid. “Now, how that manifests itself obviously will depend on the circumstances and the consultations with our allies.”
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:23 pm

Kim Jong-un may have 'chosen a path of no return'
http://www.businessinsider.com/kim-jong ... urn-2017-8

US President Donald Trump has capped off a week of escalating tension with North Korea with some of his toughest talk yet.

After tweeting that military solutions were "fully in place, locked and loaded", he later underscored his comments, saying the message to North Korea was "pretty obvious".

"I hope that they’re going to fully understand the gravity,” Trump said. “What I said is what I mean. Those words are very very easy to understand."

The risk that these tensions may spill over into some kind of conflict in the Pacific has significantly escalated over the past five days, reflected in global markets sinking and the so-called "fear index" -- a measure of anticipated market volatility -- spiking.

It all stems from the threats from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un this week to launch missiles at Guam, the US territory in the Pacific which is around 3000km north of Cairns.

While US defence officials this week accepted that it is possible North Korea has the capability to attach a nuclear warhead to an ICBM, a nuclear conflict remains an extremely remote possibility. Robert Carlin, former chief of the Northeast Asia Division at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, characterised it more as posturing than a threat to actually strike Guam even with conventional weapons, which would likely lead to a significant military response from the US.

Carlin said North Korea’s threat amounted to the regime saying: “We’re going to put our missiles 25 or 30 kilometers offshore. Your bombers come within tens of kilometers of the Demilitarized Zone. If you can ‘reach out and touch’ us, we can ‘reach out and touch you'."

While a de-escalation of the current tensions may still be achievable through diplomatic channels, the nature of Kim's threats and his statements to his people this week now has him on a path where the standoff will inevitably need to be brought to a head, according to Kevin Lai, a strategist at Japanese investment bank Daiwa Capital Markets.

Lai wrote in a client note (emphasis added):

[Kim] has made clear to his people that a plan is under way to fire four ICBMs into the sea off Guam by mid-August. He knows Guam is a major platform for the US to launch any attacks against his country, as strategic bombers would play a key role and most of them are stationed in Guam.

By making such a promise, Kim looks to have chosen a path of no return. If he delivers the plan, the US will almost certainly respond aggressively with a range of military options — and the situation will escalate to a major military conflict involving several more parties, including South Korea and Japan. There would be little room for either side to step back. If Kim doesn’t deliver, he risks creating a political crisis for himself and permanently weakening his regime. He is now in a position similar to the one Saddam Hussein was in before Desert Storm. His primary goal is regime survival.

Giving up nuclear weapons would mean abandoning that goal; bending to US pressure would leave him politically vulnerable at home. Perhaps Kim believes the US will soon engage in ‘regime change’ through military strikes, and he wants it to happen sooner rather than later. Perhaps he thinks that, by making a credible threat to the US, he can extract the best deal from negotiations (if they reopen in the future). This is where we think things could go very wrong. There have been numerous miscalculations before, and one more would take us to a disastrous
situation.

Earlier this year Lai sketched out four major endgame scenarios. "We believed there was a 60% chance a diplomatic resolution would fail, within which a major military conflict was 20%. The other 40% is simply that the US will have to tolerate and live with North Korea’s nuclear threat forever. As things stand, our assessment holds," he said.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby Hiker72 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:02 am

ReadyMom wrote:Joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises to coincide with North Korea threat to Guam
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/201 ... 558675001/

Aug. 11, 2017

North Korea's threat to lob four missiles toward Guam in mid-August coincides with longstanding plans by the U.S. and South Korea to mount annual large-scale sea, land and air exercises that have traditionally rankled Pyongyang.




Interestingly enough, there is an exercise called 'Earth Ex 2017' slated for August 23rd. Designed to test for large area/long term power outages -

http://www.eiscouncil.com/EarthEx
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby Photon Guy » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:15 pm

The way I see it, as of now NK might be even more dangerous than the USSR during the cold war. At least Gorbachev was reasonable and wanted to work with the USA to make peace, Kim Jung Un on the other hand is a complete nutcase! Supposedly his army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants" and he seems to be absolutely ruthless and he doesn't care what happens to NK as long as lands a blow on the USA.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:13 pm

N. Korea 'on standby to launch,' state-run paper says in response to Trump's latest warnings
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08 ... nings.html

August 12, 2017

North Korea took its turn Saturday in the country’s escalating, back-and-fourth with President Trump, with the state-run newspaper saying leader Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants.”

The assertion was made in an editorial that also states the Paektusan army is now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack."

The editorial also argues that the United States "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK. This is tragicomedy of its own making. … If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly."

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The editorial appears to be in response to a series of comments made by Trump in recent days, most recently Friday that the United States is “locked and loaded.”

The president's recent comments are in response to Kim threatening a missile attack on U.S. territory Guam.

Trump, meanwhile, continues to pursue a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s purported development of a nuclear warhead that could reach the United States and other countries on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The White House says Trump has a phone conversation Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in which the leaders reiterated their commitment to the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The president also saluted Xi for China's recent United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, in response the country’s escalating pursuit of nuclear weapons, according to the White House.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

The White House says Trump also told Xi he looked forward to seeing him in China later this year.

During Trump’s phone conversation Friday with Xi, the Chinese leader also requested that the U.S. and North Korea tone down their recent rhetoric and avoid actions that could worsen tensions between the two nations, Chinese Central Television reported.

“At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,” Xi was quoted as saying.

Trump has urged China to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program, which North Korea says is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

China is the North’s biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can’t compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump also spoke this weekend with Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, reassuring him that U.S. military forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. territory, a White House statement said.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do “everything, to the best of my ability,” to protect his nation’s people as tensions escalate over North Korea’s plans to send missiles over Japan toward Guam.

On Friday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said it was deploying four surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:33 pm

EXCLUSIVE – Congressional Expert: North Korea Satellites Orbiting U.S. Could Be Used for ‘Surprise’ EMP Attack
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TEL AVIV — While the news media and U.S. intelligence community continues to focus on North Korea’s missile capabilities, one expert warned on Sunday that we are ignoring two North Korean satellites currently orbiting the U.S. that could be used to carry out a devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

Such a “surprise” attack could paralyze the U.S. electrical grid and critical civilian infrastructure, resulting in the death of large numbers of Americans.

So warned Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security and chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission.

Pry was speaking on this reporter’s Sunday night talk radio show, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on terrestrial radio on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia and online.

“We should not be tolerating the North Korean satellites that are orbiting over our country. There are two of them. And the intelligence community is still silent about those,” said Pry.

The expert was referring to the KMS 3-2 and KMS-4 earth observation satellites launched by North Korea in April 2012 and February 2016 respectively. The KSM-4 was launched one month after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test, prompting a debate about sanctions at the United Nations Security Council.

“The EMP Commission has officially been warning about those satellites especially now that the (intelligence) community admits that North Korea can miniaturize warheads,” Pry stated. “Our argument all along has been that they could make weapons small enough to put on those satellites that pass over the United States on the optimum trajectory for an EMP attack on North America.”

“And they would obviously be a basis for a surprise EMP attack if North Korea wants to commit aggression against South Korea. Or to blackmail us if we were going to intervene to deliver on our security guarantees for Japan, South Korea or the Pacific.”

Pry said the satellites are orbiting at the “optimum height for putting an EMP field over all 48 contiguous United States.”

Pry warned that deploying satellites for the purpose of an EMP option against the U.S. “is exactly the kind of thing that he (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) would do. It would make strategic sense to do it. We do know that Kim Jong Un is a risk-taker.”

Pry surmised that the North Koreans may be utilizing the satellites for an attack plan pioneered by the Soviets during the Cold War to attack the U.S. with an EMP as part of a larger surprise assault aimed at crippling the U.S. military.

Unlike the Soviet plan, Pry opined, the North Koreans may be seeking to use an EMP attack to target “our electrical grid and our civilian critical infrastructure. And they only need one weapon to do that.”

Pry continued:

The North Koreans basically I think got this idea from the Russians. They had called it the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System. … The idea was that you would use a peaceful space launch vehicle to launch what would appear to look like a peaceful satellite. And it would even fly away from us on a South Polar trajectory so that it wasn’t coming toward the United States. But it would really be a nuclear weapon. And the reason it would come up from the south is because we don’t have any ballistic missile early warning radars facing the south and no interceptors. We are blind and defenseless from the South.

The first thing we would know is when the [North Korean] satellite detonated at high altitude over the United States at about three hundred kilometers which is the orbit of these satellites. The optimum height for putting an EMP field over all 48 contiguous United States. In the Soviet plan, the idea was to paralyze command and control, our bombers, our missiles so that they would then be able to launch a massive disarming strike that would then come across the North Pole and strike us. The North Koreans don’t have enough missiles to do something like that, and their object is not to paralyze our strategic forces as much as it would be to kill our people.


Pry faulted the U.S. intelligence community for its supposed silence on the threat. “This is such an act of irresponsibility for both the intelligence community and … the mainstream media. To leave the American people pretty much in the dark about this. Because if we did get an international crisis where we were gearing up to intervene on our security guarantees it would be an enormous shock for people.”

He added: “People will be psychologically unprepared for that at all levels of the government from the president all the way down to the man on the street. So, the failure to at least talk about this possibility is actually helping our enemies put us in a situation where they could achieve their political and military goals."
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Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

Postby ReadyMom » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:09 pm

Kim Jong Un's disappearance sparks concerns missile launch could be imminent
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August 14, 2017

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has vanished from the public eye for two weeks, South Korean media reported, prompting fears that he may be preparing to mark Tuesday’s public holiday by firing a new rocket.

The last time Kim went days without being seen was prior to the ICBM launch in late July, when he remained incognito for two weeks before making his grandiose public appearance. His public withdrawal comes as nuclear tensions mount between Washington and Pyongyang, and on the heels of the leader’s threat to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam.

On Tuesday, North Korea is set to commemorate the Korean Peninsula’s liberation from Japan at the end of World War II.

Adding to the speculation of an imminent rocket-fire test, last week U.S.-based North Korea watchdog site 38 North released satellite imagery of a submarine base in the hermit country, showing that tarps had been placed above both the fore and aft decks of the Sinpo-class submarine base, presumably to conceal any inside movements.

However, other analysts have also pointed out that Kim has previously disappeared for lengthy periods due to an unknown “physical condition.” Furthermore, his father, Kim Jong Il, disappeared for around six weeks after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, prompting speculation that he simply may have felt threatened.

Trump vowed last week that the U.S. would respond with “fire and fury” and is “locked and loaded” should North Korea dare come close to carrying an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam. Pentagon officials have told Fox News that the U.S. military stands ready to “fight tonight.”

Pyongyang, in turn, warned that “even a single shell dropped on the Korea Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of thermonuclear war” and that North Korea considers “the U.S. no more than a lump” which it “can beat to a jelly at any time.”
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