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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #3 (JUNE 2017)

June 23, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Intercept attempt fails in missile defense test off Hawaii
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 … e-test-of/

HONOLULU (AP) – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it failed to intercept a ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii.

The failure came during a test conducted with Japan’s Defense Ministry late Wednesday.

The U.S. and Japan are jointly developing the interceptor to shoot down medium-range ballistic missiles. The allies have been investing in technology to counter North Korean missile threats.

As part of the test, a medium-range target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai late Wednesday. The USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked the missile. The ship launched the interceptor, but it failed to shoot down the target.

This was the second time the U.S. military has attempted an intercept with the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The previous attempt in February was successful.

SM-3 interceptors work with the agency’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, which is the naval component of the nation’s ballistic missile defenses. U.S. and Japanese navy ships are already equipped with earlier versions of the SM-3 interceptor and Aegis technology to track ballistic missiles.

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June 23, 2017 ReadyMom 0

US official: North Korea conducts rocket engine test
http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-officia … gine-test/

Device could potentially be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, source says, as tensions between Washington, Pyongyang soar

WASHINGTON — North Korea has tested a rocket engine that could potentially be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, a US official told AFP on Thursday, amid soaring tensions over Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear weapons program.

“A rocket engine was tested today,” the US official said on condition of anonymity, without providing any details.

News of the test came one day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China, Pyongyang’s sole ally, to put more pressure on the North to rein in its atomic weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Calling North Korea the “top security threat” to the United States, Tillerson said China has a “diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.”

US President Donald Trump has made halting the North Korean nuclear threat his number one foreign policy priority.

“We watch North Korea’s actions closely. But we will not comment on intelligence,” Navy commander Gary Ross said in a emailed statement, declining to confirm the rocket engine test.

“We call on the DPRK to refrain from provocative, destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its international obligations and commitments and return to serious talks.”

Earlier on Thursday, North Korea called Trump a “psychopath” as tensions escalated following the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week. Warmbier died a few days later and was buried Thursday in Ohio.

Trump this week slammed the “brutal regime” in Pyongyang, and said he was determined to “prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.”

The UN Security Council earlier this month unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution imposing new targeted sanctions on a handful of North Korean officials and entities, in response to a series of ballistic missile tests this year that are banned under UN resolutions.

However, North Korea slammed the latest UN sanctions as “mean” and vowed to press ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Early last month, the North test-fired what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile to date, in a bid to bring the US mainland within reach.

The North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of last year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States — something Trump has vowed “won’t happen.”

The US military “successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target” in a test conducted amid concerns over the North’s weapons program, it said.

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June 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

You could heat up water and keep it in one of those large coolers with the spout. Then you’d have water at-the-ready for washing up, during the day (hands, face, after bathroom handwashing, etc.) Boiled water stays hot a long time in one of those and you”d be heating water up less often, using less fuel.

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June 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

You could heat up water and keep it in one of those large coolers with the spout. Then you’d have water at-the-ready for washing up, during the day (hands, face, after bathroom handwashing, etc.) Boiled water stays hot a long time in one of those and you”d be heating water up less often, using less fuel.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:08 am


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June 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

North Korean nuke test site sees more buildup as tensions rise
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/21 … -rise.html

North Korea is continuing to mass resources at a known weapons testing site inside the country, a defense source told Fox News on Wednesday, prompting worries Pyongyang could be plotting to greenlight another provocative nuclear bomb test amid heightened tensions following the death this week of an American student who had been imprisoned by Kim Jong Un’s rogue regime.

“There are more people and more cars but nobody knows what that means,” a defense source said about surveillance of the nuke test site. The source added the buildup had been occurring for months.

North Korea is relentlessly pursuing its goal of building a nuclear bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. Pyongyang has already conducted five nuclear tests and recently launched an advanced missile that suggests a functioning ICBM may be within reach.

Seeking to deter North Korea, the Trump administration has so-far leaned on China, one of the few countries able to exert significant economic influence over Pyongyang. China told North Korea not to conduct a sixth nuclear test or risk sanctions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told “Special Report” in April.

“We’re asking a lot of the Chinese,” Tillerson said. “We are going to test China’s willingness to help address this serious threat.”

But any hope of de-escalating the North Korea menace was dealt a serious blow on Monday when Otto Warmbier died.

Warmbier, a college student who had been part of a tour group visiting North Korea, was detained by the regime for 17 months, during which he was subject to a show trial and unknown cruelties before he was suddenly returned to the U.S. last week – in a comatose state. Doctors weren’t able to find evidence of fractures, meaning it was unlikely Warmbier was severely beaten; however, the cause of his coma couldn’t immediately be deduced and President Trump said Warmbier suffered “awful torturous mistreatment…at the hands of the North Koreans.” North Korea claims Warmbier slipped into the vegetative state after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

Trump appeared significantly moved by Warmbier’s death, tweeting Tuesday that “the U.S. once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim” before signaling that China’s chance to resolve the crisis via diplomatic means may have come and gone.

Even as intelligence indicated North Korea was continuing to move materials to the nuke test site, Trump tweeted: “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”

Earlier, Trump cryptically said the U.S. would “be able to handle it.”

North Korea will likely be a major topic when U.S. and Chinese diplomats meet in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for the first Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a summit that arose from the meeting between Trump and Xi in April. Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are set to represent the U.S.

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June 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

North Korean nuke test site sees more buildup as tensions rise
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/21 … -rise.html

North Korea is continuing to mass resources at a known weapons testing site inside the country, a defense source told Fox News on Wednesday, prompting worries Pyongyang could be plotting to greenlight another provocative nuclear bomb test amid heightened tensions following the death this week of an American student who had been imprisoned by Kim Jong Un’s rogue regime.

“There are more people and more cars but nobody knows what that means,” a defense source said about surveillance of the nuke test site. The source added the buildup had been occurring for months.

North Korea is relentlessly pursuing its goal of building a nuclear bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. Pyongyang has already conducted five nuclear tests and recently launched an advanced missile that suggests a functioning ICBM may be within reach.

Seeking to deter North Korea, the Trump administration has so-far leaned on China, one of the few countries able to exert significant economic influence over Pyongyang. China told North Korea not to conduct a sixth nuclear test or risk sanctions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told “Special Report” in April.

“We’re asking a lot of the Chinese,” Tillerson said. “We are going to test China’s willingness to help address this serious threat.”

But any hope of de-escalating the North Korea menace was dealt a serious blow on Monday when Otto Warmbier died.

Warmbier, a college student who had been part of a tour group visiting North Korea, was detained by the regime for 17 months, during which he was subject to a show trial and unknown cruelties before he was suddenly returned to the U.S. last week – in a comatose state. Doctors weren’t able to find evidence of fractures, meaning it was unlikely Warmbier was severely beaten; however, the cause of his coma couldn’t immediately be deduced and President Trump said Warmbier suffered “awful torturous mistreatment…at the hands of the North Koreans.” North Korea claims Warmbier slipped into the vegetative state after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

Trump appeared significantly moved by Warmbier’s death, tweeting Tuesday that “the U.S. once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim” before signaling that China’s chance to resolve the crisis via diplomatic means may have come and gone.

Even as intelligence indicated North Korea was continuing to move materials to the nuke test site, Trump tweeted: “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”

Earlier, Trump cryptically said the U.S. would “be able to handle it.”

North Korea will likely be a major topic when U.S. and Chinese diplomats meet in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for the first Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a summit that arose from the meeting between Trump and Xi in April. Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are set to represent the U.S.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK: lets Talk About the Nasty Stuff-Hygiene

June 21, 2017 ReadyMom 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Reb, is the rumor true you took a bath once? Curious minds want to know.

You can always soap up and then let someone rinse you off with a little cheap pump up sprayer. That would only take a pint or so.

Keep black spray paint on hand to paint bottles/jugs black so they can absorb the sun to warm the water.

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June 19, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Hi All!

I’ve been following this thread and have NO idea how to help, or advice to offer, since I’m just a mod and not a tech. I’ve sent a message to NIP, letting him know some of you are having such a hard time. Hoping he sees my note soon and has some advice. -k

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June 19, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Hi All!

I’ve been following this thread and have NO idea how to help, or advice to offer, since I’m just a mod and not a tech. I’ve sent a message to NIP, letting him know some of you are having such a hard time. Hoping he sees my note soon and has some advice. -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #3 (JUNE 2017)

June 14, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Mollypup wrote:
There is a danger in underestimating your enemy.

^ ^ ^ That’s why I think we need to keep this thread/topic up to date! With NK, it’s hard to tell what is legit & what is not. What they are hiding. And what we ‘really’ know. Keep it all posted, and try to figure them out the best we can. Government won’t tell us, till we are in the 11:30th hour.

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June 14, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Mollypup wrote:
There is a danger in underestimating your enemy.

^ ^ ^ That’s why I think we need to keep this thread/topic up to date! With NK, it’s hard to tell what is legit & what is not. What they are hiding. And what we ‘really’ know. Keep it all posted, and try to figure them out the best we can. Government won’t tell us, till we are in the 11:30th hour.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:52 pm


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June 14, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Mollypup wrote:
There is a danger in underestimating your enemy.

^ ^ ^ That’s why I think we need to keep this thread/topic up to date! With NK, it’s hard to tell what is legit & what is not. What they are hiding. And what we ‘really’ know. Keep it all posted, and try to figure them out the best we can. Government won’t tell us, till we are in the 11:30th hour.

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June 14, 2017 ReadyMom 0

North Korea threatens to drop nuclear bomb on New York to prove Donald Trump tweet wrong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world … 87686.html

‘The DPRK is about 10,400 km far away from New York, but this is just not a long distance for a strike today’

North Korea has hinted that it could test a long range missile capable of hitting New York, months after President Donald Trump insisted: “It won’t happen”.

Accusing the US leader of underestimating the secretive Communist state’s capabilities, an article last week in state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun, suggested that it was close to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“Trump blustered early this year that the DPRK’s final access to a nuclear weapon that can reach the US mainland will never happen,” the editorial said, using an abbreviation for the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The US is feeling uneasy as this might be proven in practice. The strategic weapons tests conducted by the DPRK clearly proved that the time of its ICBM test is not a long way off at all.”

It added: “The DPRK is about 10,400 km far away from New York, but this is just not a long distance for a strike today.”

The quotes were originally reported in Foreign Policy magazine.

Mr Trump took to Twitter in January after reports suggested that North Korea might test an ICBM.

North Korea has hinted that it could test a long range missile capable of hitting New York, months after President Donald Trump insisted: “It won’t happen”.

Accusing the US leader of underestimating the secretive Communist state’s capabilities, an article last week in state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun, suggested that it was close to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“Trump blustered early this year that the DPRK’s final access to a nuclear weapon that can reach the US mainland will never happen,” the editorial said, using an abbreviation for the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The US is feeling uneasy as this might be proven in practice. The strategic weapons tests conducted by the DPRK clearly proved that the time of its ICBM test is not a long way off at all.”

It added: “The DPRK is about 10,400 km far away from New York, but this is just not a long distance for a strike today.”

The quotes were originally reported in Foreign Policy magazine.

Mr Trump took to Twitter in January after reports suggested that North Korea might test an ICBM.

“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S,” he wrote. “It won’t happen!”

The pariah state responded with a statement suggesting it would test missiles when its leader Kim Jong-Un wanted to.

Last month, Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, the US Defence Intelligence Agency chief, said it was “inevitable” that a nuclear weapon launched from North Korea would hit the US mainland.

North Korea has hinted that it could test a long range missile capable of hitting New York, months after President Donald Trump insisted: “It won’t happen”.

Accusing the US leader of underestimating the secretive Communist state’s capabilities, an article last week in state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun, suggested that it was close to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“Trump blustered early this year that the DPRK’s final access to a nuclear weapon that can reach the US mainland will never happen,” the editorial said, using an abbreviation for the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The US is feeling uneasy as this might be proven in practice. The strategic weapons tests conducted by the DPRK clearly proved that the time of its ICBM test is not a long way off at all.”

It added: “The DPRK is about 10,400 km far away from New York, but this is just not a long distance for a strike today.”

The quotes were originally reported in Foreign Policy magazine.

Mr Trump took to Twitter in January after reports suggested that North Korea might test an ICBM.

“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S,” he wrote. “It won’t happen!”

The pariah state responded with a statement suggesting it would test missiles when its leader Kim Jong-Un wanted to.

Last month, Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, the US Defence Intelligence Agency chief, said it was “inevitable” that a nuclear weapon launched from North Korea would hit the US mainland.
In pictures: North Korea military drill

At the end of last month, North Korea released photos of a Scud-type missile being launched and falling into the water off the western coast of Japan – the third such show of military aggression in the space of three weeks.

In recent weeks the US has sent a fleet of warships into North Korean waters, and brought several new launchers for a defence missile system to South Korea to cope with any military threat from north of the border.

North Korea maintains that its pursuit of nuclear weapons is solely a means of defending itself from foreign powers such as the US.

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June 13, 2017 ReadyMom 0
rebnavy1862 wrote:
I have the same problem quite often. Also, at times, I am not allowed to post replies.
Reb

Sometimes, if you are posting a reply at the same time as some one else, you have to back click to your reply and click ‘submit’ again. Two replies can’t go through at the same time (even from different posters). -k

As far as the other troubles, I have no idea. -k

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June 13, 2017 ReadyMom 0
rebnavy1862 wrote:
I have the same problem quite often. Also, at times, I am not allowed to post replies.
Reb

Sometimes, if you are posting a reply at the same time as some one else, you have to back click to your reply and click ‘submit’ again. Two replies can’t go through at the same time (even from different posters). -k

As far as the other troubles, I have no idea. -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #3 (JUNE 2017)

June 10, 2017 ReadyMom 0

A Second Korean War? North Korea missiles could kill millions within minutes
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/ … nutes.html

Harry J. Kazianis
By Harry J. Kazianis
Published June 09, 2017
Fox News

When it comes to North Korea there is only one thing you need to know: Pyongyang could kill millions of people in South Korea or Japan within minutes. And in just a few years, that threat will spread to the U.S. homeland.

How we got to this point is no mystery. Multiple U.S. administrations—Democrat and Republican alike—consistently kicked the can down the road when it came to the Kim regime and its efforts to build not only nuclear weapons but chemical and biological weapons along with the missiles to carry them into battle.

And to make matters worse, just as Pyongyang was testing anti-ship weapons Wednesday that could put our navy in harm’s way, South Korea has decided to suspend the THAAD missile defense systems deployment, one of the few weapons that could negate some, but not all, of North Korea’s growing military advancements.

Just a cursory exploration of the damage the Kim regime could do if it decided to launch a preemptive strike on U.S. allies in the region only underscores why President Trump was correct to tackle this issue head on.

For our purposes, let us consider a scenario where tensions are building—like now, for example—with Washington sending more and more firepower into the region. Kim Jong Un feels threatened, believing a U.S. strike on his growing nuclear arsenal is inevitable. He decides he must attack first—or risk ending up like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gadhafi, a casualty of war and regime change.

Kim decides he must show the world what his military can do, and to do it with a demonstration of power against one of the biggest targets possible. He attacks Seoul, the South Korean capital, with a massive artillery and missile strike.

While Kim’s weapons aren’t the most sophisticated – and while not all of the ordinance hits or even detonates the desired targets – the impact is clear: millions of civilians clog any means of escape out of the city; roads, bridges, tunnels buses and trains are completely overwhelmed; and the South Korean government is thrown into chaos.

South Korea, however, has the technological edge. Along with U.S. forces in the region, it launches a devastating counterattack, destroying most of Kim’s artillery and rocket launches – their positions having been given away by their deadly volleys.

Leaders around the region appeal for calm and call for a ceasefire. Russia and China both offer to mediate the dispute. But Kim Jong Un must respond—any sign now of weakness and he could face challenges from his own generals that he has turned soft in the face of American or allied aggression.

So, Kim strikes back, ordering over 100 missiles armed with VX, the same weapon used to kill his own half-brother just months ago, towards South Korean and Japanese cities. Just as in Seoul, millions of people flee their homes as warheads rain down upon them. Over 30,000 people alone die in the assault with countless others left gravely ill. First responders and hospitals from around the region are simply overwhelmed by the carnage.

A Second Korean War is now in full swing. American and allied counterstrikes are swift and devastating. President Trump orders U.S. forces in the region to attack all North Korean military installations to degrade and destroy Pyongyang’s offensive capabilities as fully as possible. Trump also orders specialized strikes using American B-2 Bombers and cruise missiles to take out Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons arsenal, knowing Kim could very well decide to use such weapons or eventually lose them as more U.S. and allied forces move into the region.

There is only one problem: the allies’ attack, while devastating, was not enough. Not one, but two low-yield North Korean nuclear weapons survived the carnage. Kim, before a U.S. cruise missile kills him in a decapitation strike, gives his final order – a nuclear attack on Seoul and Tokyo. Minutes later, over 10 million people are killed in both megacities. The number injured, thanks to the lingering effects of radiation poisoning, won’t be fully known for decades, but is likely millions more. Both cities will be uninhabitable for decades.

To be fair, the above scenario is a simple one and leaves out strategic, operational, tactical and political considerations that would guide events. However, that does not change the fact that with every passing day North Korea is amassing the means to threaten not only our closest allies but soon the United States itself.

Considering the above, the Trump Administration’s path is clear. It must not only press forward with the most crippling of all sanctions possible but make China understand that it can no longer sit idly by while its ally North Korea develops more and more nuclear weapons and missiles. It is long past time that Washington sanctions Chinese companies and individuals who aid Kim Jong Un’s build-up of deadly weapons of mass destruction.

Maybe then, with Beijing finally feeling some real pressure, we will get some real progress on this most critical of issues.

Harry J. Kazianis (@grecianformula) is director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, founded by former President Richard M. Nixon. Click here, for more on Mr. Kazianis.

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A Second Korean War? North Korea missiles could kill millions within minutes
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/ … nutes.html

Harry J. Kazianis
By Harry J. Kazianis
Published June 09, 2017
Fox News

When it comes to North Korea there is only one thing you need to know: Pyongyang could kill millions of people in South Korea or Japan within minutes. And in just a few years, that threat will spread to the U.S. homeland.

How we got to this point is no mystery. Multiple U.S. administrations—Democrat and Republican alike—consistently kicked the can down the road when it came to the Kim regime and its efforts to build not only nuclear weapons but chemical and biological weapons along with the missiles to carry them into battle.

And to make matters worse, just as Pyongyang was testing anti-ship weapons Wednesday that could put our navy in harm’s way, South Korea has decided to suspend the THAAD missile defense systems deployment, one of the few weapons that could negate some, but not all, of North Korea’s growing military advancements.

Just a cursory exploration of the damage the Kim regime could do if it decided to launch a preemptive strike on U.S. allies in the region only underscores why President Trump was correct to tackle this issue head on.

For our purposes, let us consider a scenario where tensions are building—like now, for example—with Washington sending more and more firepower into the region. Kim Jong Un feels threatened, believing a U.S. strike on his growing nuclear arsenal is inevitable. He decides he must attack first—or risk ending up like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gadhafi, a casualty of war and regime change.

Kim decides he must show the world what his military can do, and to do it with a demonstration of power against one of the biggest targets possible. He attacks Seoul, the South Korean capital, with a massive artillery and missile strike.

While Kim’s weapons aren’t the most sophisticated – and while not all of the ordinance hits or even detonates the desired targets – the impact is clear: millions of civilians clog any means of escape out of the city; roads, bridges, tunnels buses and trains are completely overwhelmed; and the South Korean government is thrown into chaos.

South Korea, however, has the technological edge. Along with U.S. forces in the region, it launches a devastating counterattack, destroying most of Kim’s artillery and rocket launches – their positions having been given away by their deadly volleys.

Leaders around the region appeal for calm and call for a ceasefire. Russia and China both offer to mediate the dispute. But Kim Jong Un must respond—any sign now of weakness and he could face challenges from his own generals that he has turned soft in the face of American or allied aggression.

So, Kim strikes back, ordering over 100 missiles armed with VX, the same weapon used to kill his own half-brother just months ago, towards South Korean and Japanese cities. Just as in Seoul, millions of people flee their homes as warheads rain down upon them. Over 30,000 people alone die in the assault with countless others left gravely ill. First responders and hospitals from around the region are simply overwhelmed by the carnage.

A Second Korean War is now in full swing. American and allied counterstrikes are swift and devastating. President Trump orders U.S. forces in the region to attack all North Korean military installations to degrade and destroy Pyongyang’s offensive capabilities as fully as possible. Trump also orders specialized strikes using American B-2 Bombers and cruise missiles to take out Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons arsenal, knowing Kim could very well decide to use such weapons or eventually lose them as more U.S. and allied forces move into the region.

There is only one problem: the allies’ attack, while devastating, was not enough. Not one, but two low-yield North Korean nuclear weapons survived the carnage. Kim, before a U.S. cruise missile kills him in a decapitation strike, gives his final order – a nuclear attack on Seoul and Tokyo. Minutes later, over 10 million people are killed in both megacities. The number injured, thanks to the lingering effects of radiation poisoning, won’t be fully known for decades, but is likely millions more. Both cities will be uninhabitable for decades.

To be fair, the above scenario is a simple one and leaves out strategic, operational, tactical and political considerations that would guide events. However, that does not change the fact that with every passing day North Korea is amassing the means to threaten not only our closest allies but soon the United States itself.

Considering the above, the Trump Administration’s path is clear. It must not only press forward with the most crippling of all sanctions possible but make China understand that it can no longer sit idly by while its ally North Korea develops more and more nuclear weapons and missiles. It is long past time that Washington sanctions Chinese companies and individuals who aid Kim Jong Un’s build-up of deadly weapons of mass destruction.

Maybe then, with Beijing finally feeling some real pressure, we will get some real progress on this most critical of issues.

Harry J. Kazianis (@grecianformula) is director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, founded by former President Richard M. Nixon. Click here, for more on Mr. Kazianis.

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June 10, 2017 ReadyMom 0

North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/09 … ssile.html

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Friday it has test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking U.S. and South Korean warships “at will,” as South Korea found a suspected North Korean drone near the tense border between the rivals.

The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year, sending a defiant message that it will continue to pursue a weapons program that has rattled its neighbors and Washington.

“This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships” attempting to attack North Korea and can be used “at will,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.

It said leader Kim Jong Un observed the launches and that the missiles “accurately detected and hit” floating targets at sea after making “circular flights.” The North’s claims could not be independently confirmed.

North Korea didn’t say how many anti-ship missiles it launched, but South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong said later Friday the North had fired four short-range missiles on Thursday. South Korea’s military said they were fired from the town of Wonsan and flew about 200 kilometers (125 miles) before splashing down between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The launch came days after U.S. aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan left those waters after joint exercises with the South Korean navy.

The North Korean missile tests present a difficult challenge to new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has expressed a desire to reach out to the North. North Korea, which could have a working nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile in the next several years, may also be the most urgent foreign policy concern for the Trump administration in Washington, which has been distracted by domestic political turmoil and has insisted that China do more to rein in North Korea’s weapons activities.

Moon has sought to expand cross-border civilian exchanges as a way to improve ties, but North Korea on Monday rejected a Seoul civic group’s offer to provide anti-malaria supplies to protest South Korea’s support of fresh U.N. sanctions adopted last week.

Moon said after the new launches that his government “won’t back off even a single step and make any compromise” on the issue of national security. He also warned that North Korea could only face further international isolation and more economic difficulties.

On Friday, South Korea’s military found a small flying object that it said was similar in shape and size to one of several North Korean drones discovered in 2014. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said a thorough investigation will be made of the object found south of the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Koreas.

North Korea has in recent years touted its drone program, a relatively new addition to its arsenal. In 2013, state media said leader Kim had watched a drone attack drill on a simulated South Korean target. The drones found in 2014 were low-tech, but were still considered a potential new security threat, according to South Korean experts.

In what will likely become another source of animosity, Moon’s government plans to let two out of four North Korean fishermen recently rescued at sea resettle in South Korea in accordance with their wishes. The two other fishermen, who wanted to return home, were repatriated on Friday.

North Korea often accuses South Korea of kidnapping its citizens or enticing them to defect to the South.

Last month, North Korea premiered a powerful new midrange missile that outside experts said flew higher than any other missile it has tested.

In the following weeks, North Korea launched a solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired on shorter notice than liquid fuel missiles, and also what it descried a new “precision-guided” missile which experts say is designed with a maneuverable terminal stage meant to frustrate missile defense systems like the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense that is being deployed in South Korea.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:56 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #3 (JUNE 2017)

June 10, 2017 ReadyMom 0

North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/09 … ssile.html

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Friday it has test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking U.S. and South Korean warships “at will,” as South Korea found a suspected North Korean drone near the tense border between the rivals.

The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year, sending a defiant message that it will continue to pursue a weapons program that has rattled its neighbors and Washington.

“This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships” attempting to attack North Korea and can be used “at will,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.

It said leader Kim Jong Un observed the launches and that the missiles “accurately detected and hit” floating targets at sea after making “circular flights.” The North’s claims could not be independently confirmed.

North Korea didn’t say how many anti-ship missiles it launched, but South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong said later Friday the North had fired four short-range missiles on Thursday. South Korea’s military said they were fired from the town of Wonsan and flew about 200 kilometers (125 miles) before splashing down between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The launch came days after U.S. aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan left those waters after joint exercises with the South Korean navy.

The North Korean missile tests present a difficult challenge to new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has expressed a desire to reach out to the North. North Korea, which could have a working nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile in the next several years, may also be the most urgent foreign policy concern for the Trump administration in Washington, which has been distracted by domestic political turmoil and has insisted that China do more to rein in North Korea’s weapons activities.

Moon has sought to expand cross-border civilian exchanges as a way to improve ties, but North Korea on Monday rejected a Seoul civic group’s offer to provide anti-malaria supplies to protest South Korea’s support of fresh U.N. sanctions adopted last week.

Moon said after the new launches that his government “won’t back off even a single step and make any compromise” on the issue of national security. He also warned that North Korea could only face further international isolation and more economic difficulties.

On Friday, South Korea’s military found a small flying object that it said was similar in shape and size to one of several North Korean drones discovered in 2014. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said a thorough investigation will be made of the object found south of the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Koreas.

North Korea has in recent years touted its drone program, a relatively new addition to its arsenal. In 2013, state media said leader Kim had watched a drone attack drill on a simulated South Korean target. The drones found in 2014 were low-tech, but were still considered a potential new security threat, according to South Korean experts.

In what will likely become another source of animosity, Moon’s government plans to let two out of four North Korean fishermen recently rescued at sea resettle in South Korea in accordance with their wishes. The two other fishermen, who wanted to return home, were repatriated on Friday.

North Korea often accuses South Korea of kidnapping its citizens or enticing them to defect to the South.

Last month, North Korea premiered a powerful new midrange missile that outside experts said flew higher than any other missile it has tested.

In the following weeks, North Korea launched a solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired on shorter notice than liquid fuel missiles, and also what it descried a new “precision-guided” missile which experts say is designed with a maneuverable terminal stage meant to frustrate missile defense systems like the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense that is being deployed in South Korea.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:56 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #3 (JUNE 2017)

June 8, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Too Little, Too Late?
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/pu … must_reads

by AMBASSADOR HENRY F. COOPER
June 6, 2017

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USAF General John Hyten, Commander of United States Strategic Command, testified on May 9th that North Korea now has the range capability to strike the United States with ballistic missiles. “It is a matter of physics and math.” DIA Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart testified on May 23rd that the only hurdle left for it to attack the U.S with nuclear weapons is finding a way for its ballistic missile to re-enter the atmosphere, which he said is “really a matter of enough trial and error to make that work . . . They understand the physics, so it’s just a matter of design.”

But our Secretaries of State and Defense in their recent trips to the region were focused on China’s bad behavior in the South China Sea and trying to get China to help close the barn door after North Korea’s “nuclear armed missile” horse is out of the barn.

For example, Click here for a pertinent June 3, 2017 Wall Street Journal article by Gordon Lubold, Jeremy Page and Patrick Barta, “Mattis Urges China to Help Persuade North Korea to Halt Its Weapons Programs.”

Fat chance – we’ve slept through this play repeatedly for over two decades. Click here for Sunday’s Reuters story that indicates North Korea again rejected UN sanctions to continue its nuclear programs.

My colleague, Peter Huessy, echoes these concerns re. North Korea (and hopes re. China) in a May 31, 2017 Gatestone Institute article, “Analysts Sound New Alarms on North Korea Missile Threat,” discussed the rapidly gathering storm being posed by North Korea’s recent testing program – of both nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that could carry them to the American heartland. Click here for this article which documents, with credible references, that:

  • After numerous ballistic missile tests so far this year, no one should be surprised by North Korea’s progressively more advanced weapons capabilities;
  • In his three years in power, Kim Jung Un has launched two maybe three times as many missiles as did his father in 18 years – and he shows no sign of slowing down his press for nuclear armed missiles to threaten the United States and our allies in the region;
  • Japan and South Korea are actually under a real nuclear threat today, and given a recent “unusually high trajectory” lengthy test, they could actually reprogram that missile to reach Guam today – I would add possibly even Hawaii!;
  • These programs began in the 1980s and 90s with China’s “startup” help with technology – and persistent efforts that still continue today;
  • It remains to be seen if the Trump administration can/will do anything to reverse these trends – again possibly by China’s help in reigning in North Korea by deliberate economic and military pressure, without which North Korea’s nuclear challenge may be insurmountable.

As emphasized repeatedly in my previous messages, there is no reason for North Korean missiles to reenter the atmosphere to cause catastrophic consequences, by simply detonating a nuclear weapon at high altitude over a target of interest-say South Korea, Guam, Hawaii or the United States. In fact, simply detonating a nuclear weapon carried by one of North Korea’s satellites as it passes over the United States would work just fine. The resulting high altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) would have catastrophic consequences for all Americans.

A fallback position for those naysayers is that they argue North Korea hasn’t yet demonstrated a high yield nuclear weapon that they allege is required to produce a major HEMP effects. The problem with that argument is that, in fact and contrary to their claims, North Korea does not need a high yield nuclear weapon to produce catastrophic HEMP effects.

Click here for a most definitive 38 North article explaining this fact (and others), authored by the Chairman of the EMP Commission (and former Science Advisor to President Ronald Reagan), Dr. William R. Graham. In his June 2, 2017 article, he rebutted recent naysayers who in a series of recent articles have described the possibility of an EMP attack from North Korea as “unlikely” and “science fiction” because, in part, they believe the 10 to 20 kiloton nuclear weapons currently possessed by North Korea are incapable of making an effective EMP attack.

As Dr. Graham notes: “This dismisses the consensus view of EMP experts who have advanced degrees in physics and electrical engineering along with several decades of experience in the field – with access to classified data throughout that time – and who have conducted EMP tests on a wide variety of electronic systems, beginning in 1963.” Notably:

  • He quotes from the EMP Commission’s 2004 report, also briefed to a closed session of Congress, that “Certain types of relatively low-yield nuclear weapons can be employed to generate potentially catastrophic EMP effects over wide geographic areas, and designs for variants of such weapons may have been illicitly trafficked for a quarter-century.”
  • Dr. Graham also observed: “In 2004, two Russian generals, both EMP experts, warned the EMP Commission that the design for Russia’s super-EMP warhead, capable of generating high intensity EMP fields of 200,000 volts per meter, was ‘accidentally’ transferred to North Korea and that, due to ‘brain drain,’ Russian scientists were in North Korea, helping with their missile and nuclear weapon programs. South Korean military intelligence told their press that Russian scientists are in North Korea helping develop an EMP nuclear weapon. In 2013, a Chinese military commentator stated North Korea has super-EMP nuclear weapons.”
  • Dr. Graham also backed up observations that satellites can be used to deliver such a HEMP attack over the South Polar regions to approach the United States from our mostly unprotected South or that such an attack could be launched from a vessel off our coasts. Both threat strategies have been well identified for many years.
  • He also corrected much misinformation that has been widely distributed, including fallacious reporting about the experience in Hawaii following the 1962 Starfish Prime test event, some 900 miles away in the South Pacific.
  • In conclusion, Dr. Graham commented on U.S. vulnerabilities to the grid with a couple of sobering concluding thoughts: (1) In the event of a nuclear EMP attack on the United States, “a widespread protracted blackout is inevitable. This common sense assessment is also supported by the nation’s best computer modeling;” and (2) Even if North Korea has only primitive, low-yield nuclear weapons, and if other states or terrorists acquire one or a few such weapons as well as the capability to detonate them at an altitude of 30 kilometers or higher over the United States, “the damage level could be sufficient to be catastrophic to the Nation, and our current vulnerability invites attack,” as the EMP Commission warned over a dozen years ago in its 2004 Report

Finally, click here for a June 5, 2017 E&E News article that references my May 4, 2017 testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and reports on our Lake Wylie Pilot Study in York County, SC – which I believe is paving the way for a “bottoms up” approach to protect the electric power grid, so that local, county and state emergency managers and the nation’s several thousand energy companies, electric utility companies and electric Co-operative electric companies (CoOps) can begin to protect the electric grid in their local areas.

This approach is urgently needed because the federal government (in both the executive and legislative branches) is failing miserably to protect the American people against such threats, as noted above now increasingly being posed by North Korea (and also Iran, by the way).

In conclusion, it should be noted that, try as we may, we cannot completely protect the electric grid in time to completely counter this threat – we have for too long been doing too little, and it is now too late to completely harden the grid before these threats materialize.

Thus, we should be employing fully our current ballistic missile defenses for homeland defense, not just to defend our overseas troops and allies. Last week’s welcome successful test of our Homeland Defense interceptor is also, I fear, “too little, too late” to deal effectively with the growing threat to our homeland – including the existential HEMP threat.

Thus, I believe we should fully employ our Aegis BMD ships in the vicinity of North Korea to intercept North Korean ballistic that might be headed our way – while they are still rising before they reach their highest altitude. We tested how to do this over a decade ago, and our Aegis crews should be fully trained to carry out such a mission today – if they are not already so trained.

And I would argue that they should demonstrate that capability by shooting down a North Korean ballistic missile to prove to Kim Jong Un that we can do it. This is not a novel idea. Click here for a Fox News article on Tax Day 2013 reporting that Senator John McCain had made this same proposal – if we had followed his recommendation then, maybe we would not be in the current predicament.

Note we now have two Aircraft Carrier Strike Groups in the neighborhood, and each carrier is accompanied by three destroyers. (Below is a photo of the Carl Vinson Strike Group.) In addition, we and the Japanese have several Aegis BMD cruisers and destroyers in the neighborhood. So, carrying out such a mission should not be difficult.

Aegis Ashore BMD sites also could be helpful – as our Japanese friends have recently observed. Click here for a May 13, 2017 Reuters article that summarizes why the Japanese prefer the less expensive Aegis Ashore sites to the THAAD (Theater High Altitude Area Defense) system now being deployed in South Korea.

I agree with the Japanese, by the way. We should also be deploying Aegis Ashore sites on military bases around the Gulf of Mexico – beginning on Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida – home of First Air Force with the air defense mission to protect the Continental United States, Porto Rico and the Dominican Republic. This would end our total vulnerability against ballistic missiles launched from vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. More for another day.

Concluding Thoughts, While Storm Clouds Gather.

We live in a very dangerous time – as I have recently repeated often, the most dangerous in my memory, and we seem to have lost our way.

As quickly as possible, we should harden the electric power grid against HEMP threat in particular – and in doing so, we should also protect against Cyber and Physical/Radio Frequency weapons, which no doubt will be employed at least to confuse and diffuse our ability to protect the grid against HEMP threats.

And we should build truly effective defenses against these threats as soon as possible, including the most effective ballistic missile defenses possible – and I believe that means they should be based in space.

Let Freedom Ring!

What can you do?

Join us in praying for our nation, and for a rebirth of the freedom sought, achieved and passed to us by those who came before us.

Help us to spread our message to the grass roots and to encourage all “powers that be” to provide for the common defense as they are sworn to do.

Begin by passing this message to your friends and suggest they visit our webpage http://www.highfrontier.org for more information. Also, please encourage your sphere of influence to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:34 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #3 (JUNE 2017)

June 8, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Too Little, Too Late?
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/pu … must_reads

by AMBASSADOR HENRY F. COOPER
June 6, 2017

Image

USAF General John Hyten, Commander of United States Strategic Command, testified on May 9th that North Korea now has the range capability to strike the United States with ballistic missiles. “It is a matter of physics and math.” DIA Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart testified on May 23rd that the only hurdle left for it to attack the U.S with nuclear weapons is finding a way for its ballistic missile to re-enter the atmosphere, which he said is “really a matter of enough trial and error to make that work . . . They understand the physics, so it’s just a matter of design.”

But our Secretaries of State and Defense in their recent trips to the region were focused on China’s bad behavior in the South China Sea and trying to get China to help close the barn door after North Korea’s “nuclear armed missile” horse is out of the barn.

For example, Click here for a pertinent June 3, 2017 Wall Street Journal article by Gordon Lubold, Jeremy Page and Patrick Barta, “Mattis Urges China to Help Persuade North Korea to Halt Its Weapons Programs.”

Fat chance – we’ve slept through this play repeatedly for over two decades. Click here for Sunday’s Reuters story that indicates North Korea again rejected UN sanctions to continue its nuclear programs.

My colleague, Peter Huessy, echoes these concerns re. North Korea (and hopes re. China) in a May 31, 2017 Gatestone Institute article, “Analysts Sound New Alarms on North Korea Missile Threat,” discussed the rapidly gathering storm being posed by North Korea’s recent testing program – of both nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that could carry them to the American heartland. Click here for this article which documents, with credible references, that:

  • After numerous ballistic missile tests so far this year, no one should be surprised by North Korea’s progressively more advanced weapons capabilities;
  • In his three years in power, Kim Jung Un has launched two maybe three times as many missiles as did his father in 18 years – and he shows no sign of slowing down his press for nuclear armed missiles to threaten the United States and our allies in the region;
  • Japan and South Korea are actually under a real nuclear threat today, and given a recent “unusually high trajectory” lengthy test, they could actually reprogram that missile to reach Guam today – I would add possibly even Hawaii!;
  • These programs began in the 1980s and 90s with China’s “startup” help with technology – and persistent efforts that still continue today;
  • It remains to be seen if the Trump administration can/will do anything to reverse these trends – again possibly by China’s help in reigning in North Korea by deliberate economic and military pressure, without which North Korea’s nuclear challenge may be insurmountable.

As emphasized repeatedly in my previous messages, there is no reason for North Korean missiles to reenter the atmosphere to cause catastrophic consequences, by simply detonating a nuclear weapon at high altitude over a target of interest-say South Korea, Guam, Hawaii or the United States. In fact, simply detonating a nuclear weapon carried by one of North Korea’s satellites as it passes over the United States would work just fine. The resulting high altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) would have catastrophic consequences for all Americans.

A fallback position for those naysayers is that they argue North Korea hasn’t yet demonstrated a high yield nuclear weapon that they allege is required to produce a major HEMP effects. The problem with that argument is that, in fact and contrary to their claims, North Korea does not need a high yield nuclear weapon to produce catastrophic HEMP effects.

Click here for a most definitive 38 North article explaining this fact (and others), authored by the Chairman of the EMP Commission (and former Science Advisor to President Ronald Reagan), Dr. William R. Graham. In his June 2, 2017 article, he rebutted recent naysayers who in a series of recent articles have described the possibility of an EMP attack from North Korea as “unlikely” and “science fiction” because, in part, they believe the 10 to 20 kiloton nuclear weapons currently possessed by North Korea are incapable of making an effective EMP attack.

As Dr. Graham notes: “This dismisses the consensus view of EMP experts who have advanced degrees in physics and electrical engineering along with several decades of experience in the field – with access to classified data throughout that time – and who have conducted EMP tests on a wide variety of electronic systems, beginning in 1963.” Notably:

  • He quotes from the EMP Commission’s 2004 report, also briefed to a closed session of Congress, that “Certain types of relatively low-yield nuclear weapons can be employed to generate potentially catastrophic EMP effects over wide geographic areas, and designs for variants of such weapons may have been illicitly trafficked for a quarter-century.”
  • Dr. Graham also observed: “In 2004, two Russian generals, both EMP experts, warned the EMP Commission that the design for Russia’s super-EMP warhead, capable of generating high intensity EMP fields of 200,000 volts per meter, was ‘accidentally’ transferred to North Korea and that, due to ‘brain drain,’ Russian scientists were in North Korea, helping with their missile and nuclear weapon programs. South Korean military intelligence told their press that Russian scientists are in North Korea helping develop an EMP nuclear weapon. In 2013, a Chinese military commentator stated North Korea has super-EMP nuclear weapons.”
  • Dr. Graham also backed up observations that satellites can be used to deliver such a HEMP attack over the South Polar regions to approach the United States from our mostly unprotected South or that such an attack could be launched from a vessel off our coasts. Both threat strategies have been well identified for many years.
  • He also corrected much misinformation that has been widely distributed, including fallacious reporting about the experience in Hawaii following the 1962 Starfish Prime test event, some 900 miles away in the South Pacific.
  • In conclusion, Dr. Graham commented on U.S. vulnerabilities to the grid with a couple of sobering concluding thoughts: (1) In the event of a nuclear EMP attack on the United States, “a widespread protracted blackout is inevitable. This common sense assessment is also supported by the nation’s best computer modeling;” and (2) Even if North Korea has only primitive, low-yield nuclear weapons, and if other states or terrorists acquire one or a few such weapons as well as the capability to detonate them at an altitude of 30 kilometers or higher over the United States, “the damage level could be sufficient to be catastrophic to the Nation, and our current vulnerability invites attack,” as the EMP Commission warned over a dozen years ago in its 2004 Report

Finally, click here for a June 5, 2017 E&E News article that references my May 4, 2017 testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and reports on our Lake Wylie Pilot Study in York County, SC – which I believe is paving the way for a “bottoms up” approach to protect the electric power grid, so that local, county and state emergency managers and the nation’s several thousand energy companies, electric utility companies and electric Co-operative electric companies (CoOps) can begin to protect the electric grid in their local areas.

This approach is urgently needed because the federal government (in both the executive and legislative branches) is failing miserably to protect the American people against such threats, as noted above now increasingly being posed by North Korea (and also Iran, by the way).

In conclusion, it should be noted that, try as we may, we cannot completely protect the electric grid in time to completely counter this threat – we have for too long been doing too little, and it is now too late to completely harden the grid before these threats materialize.

Thus, we should be employing fully our current ballistic missile defenses for homeland defense, not just to defend our overseas troops and allies. Last week’s welcome successful test of our Homeland Defense interceptor is also, I fear, “too little, too late” to deal effectively with the growing threat to our homeland – including the existential HEMP threat.

Thus, I believe we should fully employ our Aegis BMD ships in the vicinity of North Korea to intercept North Korean ballistic that might be headed our way – while they are still rising before they reach their highest altitude. We tested how to do this over a decade ago, and our Aegis crews should be fully trained to carry out such a mission today – if they are not already so trained.

And I would argue that they should demonstrate that capability by shooting down a North Korean ballistic missile to prove to Kim Jong Un that we can do it. This is not a novel idea. Click here for a Fox News article on Tax Day 2013 reporting that Senator John McCain had made this same proposal – if we had followed his recommendation then, maybe we would not be in the current predicament.

Note we now have two Aircraft Carrier Strike Groups in the neighborhood, and each carrier is accompanied by three destroyers. (Below is a photo of the Carl Vinson Strike Group.) In addition, we and the Japanese have several Aegis BMD cruisers and destroyers in the neighborhood. So, carrying out such a mission should not be difficult.

Aegis Ashore BMD sites also could be helpful – as our Japanese friends have recently observed. Click here for a May 13, 2017 Reuters article that summarizes why the Japanese prefer the less expensive Aegis Ashore sites to the THAAD (Theater High Altitude Area Defense) system now being deployed in South Korea.

I agree with the Japanese, by the way. We should also be deploying Aegis Ashore sites on military bases around the Gulf of Mexico – beginning on Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida – home of First Air Force with the air defense mission to protect the Continental United States, Porto Rico and the Dominican Republic. This would end our total vulnerability against ballistic missiles launched from vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. More for another day.

Concluding Thoughts, While Storm Clouds Gather.

We live in a very dangerous time – as I have recently repeated often, the most dangerous in my memory, and we seem to have lost our way.

As quickly as possible, we should harden the electric power grid against HEMP threat in particular – and in doing so, we should also protect against Cyber and Physical/Radio Frequency weapons, which no doubt will be employed at least to confuse and diffuse our ability to protect the grid against HEMP threats.

And we should build truly effective defenses against these threats as soon as possible, including the most effective ballistic missile defenses possible – and I believe that means they should be based in space.

Let Freedom Ring!

What can you do?

Join us in praying for our nation, and for a rebirth of the freedom sought, achieved and passed to us by those who came before us.

Help us to spread our message to the grass roots and to encourage all “powers that be” to provide for the common defense as they are sworn to do.

Begin by passing this message to your friends and suggest they visit our webpage http://www.highfrontier.org for more information. Also, please encourage your sphere of influence to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:34 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Explosion at Manchester England concert

June 7, 2017 ReadyMom 0

ISIS claims London terror attack was REVENGE for ‘Love from Manchester RAF bomb’!
http://www.britainfirst.tv/isis-claims- … -raf-bomb/

(SEE LINK for PHOTO)

wisted Islamic State supporters have claimed the London terror attack which left seven people dead, was revenge for the “love from Manchester” message written on an RAF bomb.

The extremists said the attack was their direct response to a photo, circulated on Twitter, of an RAF Hellfire missile addressed to them.

Posted on Twitter by @Lee_Carter82, a member of the Grenadier Guards, the photo captured an RAF Hellfire missile covered with the message: “Love from Manchester”.

Lee said an RAF armourer wrote the impassioned message on the missile which was attached to a Reaper drone and about to go on a mission in Syria.

The missile is believed to be one of the munitions used in the ongoing battle against ISIS in Syria under Operation Shader.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:53 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Explosion at Manchester England concert

June 7, 2017 ReadyMom 0

ISIS claims London terror attack was REVENGE for ‘Love from Manchester RAF bomb’!
http://www.britainfirst.tv/isis-claims- … -raf-bomb/

(SEE LINK for PHOTO)

wisted Islamic State supporters have claimed the London terror attack which left seven people dead, was revenge for the “love from Manchester” message written on an RAF bomb.

The extremists said the attack was their direct response to a photo, circulated on Twitter, of an RAF Hellfire missile addressed to them.

Posted on Twitter by @Lee_Carter82, a member of the Grenadier Guards, the photo captured an RAF Hellfire missile covered with the message: “Love from Manchester”.

Lee said an RAF armourer wrote the impassioned message on the missile which was attached to a Reaper drone and about to go on a mission in Syria.

The missile is believed to be one of the munitions used in the ongoing battle against ISIS in Syria under Operation Shader.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:53 am


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Wanted • Re: wanted prepper family to share ranch in colorado

June 7, 2017 ReadyMom 0
rebnavy1862 wrote:

101airborne wrote:OKAY………. I guess part of the OP has vanished :? I didn’t see anything that says pot operation??

Me too. I didn’t see anything either, but I have led a very sheltered life :(
Reb

Oh, I’m so glad I’m not alone! I didn’t know what it meant, either. So I looked it up:

What does 420 Mean? The Origins of 420 – Concept420
https://concept420.com/information/what-is-420/

Some say that 420 originated from a police code that announces marijuana use is taking place. Yet another story is that a group of guys (Waldo’s) in the 1970’s made 4:20 their official meeting time to smoke marijuana after school.

And this one:

33 ‘Operation 420’ suspects identified
http://www.statesville.com/news/operati … ef230.html
The name for the operation was chosen because April 20 is National Pot Smoking Day, Campbell said.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:05 am


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Wanted • Re: wanted prepper family to share ranch in colorado

June 7, 2017 ReadyMom 0
rebnavy1862 wrote:

101airborne wrote:OKAY………. I guess part of the OP has vanished :? I didn’t see anything that says pot operation??

Me too. I didn’t see anything either, but I have led a very sheltered life :(
Reb

Oh, I’m so glad I’m not alone! I didn’t know what it meant, either. So I looked it up:

What does 420 Mean? The Origins of 420 – Concept420
https://concept420.com/information/what-is-420/

Some say that 420 originated from a police code that announces marijuana use is taking place. Yet another story is that a group of guys (Waldo’s) in the 1970’s made 4:20 their official meeting time to smoke marijuana after school.

And this one:

33 ‘Operation 420’ suspects identified
http://www.statesville.com/news/operati … ef230.html
The name for the operation was chosen because April 20 is National Pot Smoking Day, Campbell said.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:05 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Underground food storage. Who has one?

June 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0

I’d LOVE one, but can’t for two reasons:

(1) Hubby doesn’t even like the prepping that I do IN the house. Imagine if I asked him to let me dig a hole/holes in our yard for outdoor storage! :o
(2) We live on wetlands. I’m picturing waking up one morning and finding anything that I put in the ground now bobbing around in it’s hole, that has filled with water and forced my prep to pop out of the ground! :bored:

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:20 pm


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Another terror attack in the UK

June 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0

:?:?:? So is this bothering anyone else: WHY did the terrorists wear FALSE suicide vests? Why go to all that trouble and they are not going to use them? What’s the purpose? (We know they do everything with a purpose). Is it a distraction? What kind of a distraction? What else could be the reason. I’m just finding this SO strange. -k

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:51 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Another terror attack in the UK

June 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Photon Guy wrote:

ReadyMom wrote:Per FOX news, there are now 9 dead. 6 Civilians, 3 attackers. At least 20 injured.

ReadyMom I feel for you. You said in another thread that you’re originally from the UK and that you’ve got friends and family there. This must be really hard for you with what’s happening over there right now. First the Manchester bombing and now this.

Thank you! My heart is breaking. -k

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If you are on Facebook, there’s a page you can join that will keep you updated on what is happening in Britain with the Muslim crisis … and it is a DAILY crisis. It’s called Britain First: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBritai … ?ref=br_rs . They are ruining my homeland. Taking it over village by village, town by town. Threatening, intimidating, accosting British citizens. It’s frightening. -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Another terror attack in the UK

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London terror attack: London Bridge and Borough Market latest – at least two dead amid van attack, stabbings and gunfire
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06 … ople-mown/

  • Police are responding to incidents in London Bridge and Borough Market
  • ‘I saw a man with a large blade’: witnesses describe attack
  • Car ‘collided with pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbings in Borough Market’
  • Reports of fatalities in London Bridge area
  • Londoners offer shelter and rides to help those caught up in attacks
  • Donald Trump tells London ‘we are with you’ after terror attack
  • Vauxhall incident ‘not connected’ to attacks
  • London terror attacks: everything we know
  • They shouted ‘this is is for Allah’, as they stabbed indiscriminately’ – How the London terror attack unfolded

At least two people have been killed and and multiple people are injured in a terrorist “rampage” at two central London landmarks.

London Bridge and Borough Market have been hit in what appears to be two coordinated attacks south of the River Thames. A separate incident at Vauxhall is not connected, police have said.

The London Bridge area is in lockdown after a white transit van ploughed into a crowd of people at speed shortly after 10pm, sparking a major incident. Witnesses reported up to 20 people injured. there were also reports of pedestrians being attacked with knives.

One picture from the Borough Market area appears to show a man lying on the ground who appears to have canisters strapped to him.

There were multiple reports of rapid gunfire in what one witness described as “Westminster all over again”.

Holly Jones, a BBC reporter at London Bridge when the first incident happened, said a van had swerved off the road into a crowd of pedestrians.

“A white van driver came speeding – probably about 50mph – veered of the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement,” she told BBC News.

Within minutes there were reports of a second incident at Borough Market on the south bank of the Thames. One cab driver said three men ran towards the market stabbing people – including a young girl – as they ran.
An eyewitness on London Bridge, told the BBC he saw three men stabbing people indiscriminately, shouting “this is for Allah” in a “rampage”.

Police entered bars and restaurants in the Southwark area around 11pm and told customers to get down on the floor amid reports that the incident was still ongoing. People outdoors were told by yelling police officers to run from the area as the atmosphere turned to one of “hysteria”.

Shortly before midnight police said they were attending a third incident in the Vauxhall area.

British Transport Police said they were aware of reports of “multiple” casualties.

Before 1am Police confirmed the attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market were “terrorist incidents”

Prime Minister Theresa May, who was understood to be at her Maidenhead constituency when she was alerted to the news, will chair a Cobra meeting first thing on Sunday morning.

The attack comes less than a fortnight after the Manchester suicide bombing and just three months after a terrorist ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a policeman to death at Parliament.

US President Donald Trump offered assistance to Britain via Twitter. “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there – we are with you. God bless!”.

….. CONTINUED at LINK, above for time line ……

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #3 (JUNE 2017)

June 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Awwww! Thanks you guys! This one was a wee bit tough to swallow. A new era begins. But, my family really treated me from start to finish: Flowers, Balloons, a full pitcher of Mimosas waiting in the fridge for breakfast when I woke up, a spa manicure with our daughter & amazing birthday dinner in Hershey (PA). End of 1 decade, beginning of another. Getting older, I’m gonna have to pack my buckets lighter, for the next 10 years! -k

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June 3, 2017 ReadyMom 0

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis says North Korea is the region’s ‘most urgent threat’
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ … wjmtv.html

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has warned North Korea is the “most urgent threat” to Australia’s regional security and foreshadowed an increased US defence force presence in the Asia-Pacific region as he prepared to land in Sydney on Monday.

Mr Mattis praised Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his “dogmatic pragmatism” and his optimism to challenges in the region, before meetings with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson next week.

Mr Mattis signalled the military aggression of the North Korean regime would be a central part of discussions in Australia, warning the “current situation cannot continue”.

“North Korea’s particular pursuit of nuclear weapons is not new but the regime has increased the scope and pace of its efforts,” he said at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore. “It’s nuclear weapons maturing is a threat to us all.”

Mr Mattis said North Korea had a clear intention of acquiring intercontinental missiles.

“The era of strategic patience is over,” he said. “There is a strong international consensus that the current situation cannot continue.”

Mr Mattis said the Trump administration would increase diplomatic and economic pressure until Pyongyang permanently abandoned its ballistic missile program.

On Friday, the UN Security Council voted to increase sanctions against North Korea after a series of missile launches. The council instigated asset freezes on 14 North Korean officials and the national Koryo Bank.

Speaking after Mr Mattis in Singapore, Senator Payne said Australia would work closely with the US to “increase the cost of North Korea’s behaviour”.

In strong comments on China, Mr Mattis condemned it for its ongoing territorial expansion in the South China Sea while also hinting at a closer strategic relationship with Taiwan.

Asked by a general of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the audience if this meant the US was abandoning the “one China policy,” which treats China and Taiwan as one country, Mr Mattis denied this was the case.

He said while competition between the US and China was bound to occur, “conflict is not inevitable”.

On Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the dialogue and also took aim at China, warning a “coercive China would find its neighbours resenting [it]” over its expansion in the South China Sea.

Mr Turnbull said Australia would not use the US alliance to “abrogate our responsibility for our own destiny” and that the “United States’ own interests in the Indo-Pacific demand more US engagement, not less”.

He also urged leaders to “reject the de-globalisation impulse,” in what could be seen as a criticism of some of the US administration’s more isolationist policies, after the US withdrawal from the Paris accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Mr Mattis said while the TPP “didn’t suit the needs of our population”, it did not mean the US was turning its back on bilateral trade.

“What a crummy world we would live in if we all retreated into our own countries,” he said.

Mr Mattis said the Prime Minister’s speech reminded the world that “large nations, small nations and even shrimps” can thrive in robust relationships but that every country needed to contribute more to their security, drawing on similar comments by US President Donald Trump at NATO this week.

Before talks with Ms Bishop and Senator Payne on Monday, Mr Mattis said the Trump administration would expand the Department of Defence’s footprint in the Asia Pacific and “strengthen US operational capability in the region”.

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US Secretary of Defence James Mattis says North Korea is the region’s ‘most urgent threat’
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ … wjmtv.html

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has warned North Korea is the “most urgent threat” to Australia’s regional security and foreshadowed an increased US defence force presence in the Asia-Pacific region as he prepared to land in Sydney on Monday.

Mr Mattis praised Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his “dogmatic pragmatism” and his optimism to challenges in the region, before meetings with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson next week.

Mr Mattis signalled the military aggression of the North Korean regime would be a central part of discussions in Australia, warning the “current situation cannot continue”.

“North Korea’s particular pursuit of nuclear weapons is not new but the regime has increased the scope and pace of its efforts,” he said at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore. “It’s nuclear weapons maturing is a threat to us all.”

Mr Mattis said North Korea had a clear intention of acquiring intercontinental missiles.

“The era of strategic patience is over,” he said. “There is a strong international consensus that the current situation cannot continue.”

Mr Mattis said the Trump administration would increase diplomatic and economic pressure until Pyongyang permanently abandoned its ballistic missile program.

On Friday, the UN Security Council voted to increase sanctions against North Korea after a series of missile launches. The council instigated asset freezes on 14 North Korean officials and the national Koryo Bank.

Speaking after Mr Mattis in Singapore, Senator Payne said Australia would work closely with the US to “increase the cost of North Korea’s behaviour”.

In strong comments on China, Mr Mattis condemned it for its ongoing territorial expansion in the South China Sea while also hinting at a closer strategic relationship with Taiwan.

Asked by a general of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the audience if this meant the US was abandoning the “one China policy,” which treats China and Taiwan as one country, Mr Mattis denied this was the case.

He said while competition between the US and China was bound to occur, “conflict is not inevitable”.

On Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the dialogue and also took aim at China, warning a “coercive China would find its neighbours resenting [it]” over its expansion in the South China Sea.

Mr Turnbull said Australia would not use the US alliance to “abrogate our responsibility for our own destiny” and that the “United States’ own interests in the Indo-Pacific demand more US engagement, not less”.

He also urged leaders to “reject the de-globalisation impulse,” in what could be seen as a criticism of some of the US administration’s more isolationist policies, after the US withdrawal from the Paris accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Mr Mattis said while the TPP “didn’t suit the needs of our population”, it did not mean the US was turning its back on bilateral trade.

“What a crummy world we would live in if we all retreated into our own countries,” he said.

Mr Mattis said the Prime Minister’s speech reminded the world that “large nations, small nations and even shrimps” can thrive in robust relationships but that every country needed to contribute more to their security, drawing on similar comments by US President Donald Trump at NATO this week.

Before talks with Ms Bishop and Senator Payne on Monday, Mr Mattis said the Trump administration would expand the Department of Defence’s footprint in the Asia Pacific and “strengthen US operational capability in the region”.

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Mattis calls North Korea’s threats ‘clear and present danger,’ criticizes ally China
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06 … china.html

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a “clear and present danger,” while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over contested islands in the South China Sea.

His sharp words for both countries suggested he believed China would, out of self-interest, pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs even as Washington pushes Beijing to change course in the South China Sea.

Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration was encouraged by China’s renewed commitment to working with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. He also said he thought Beijing ultimately would see Kim Jong Un’s regime as a liability rather than an asset.

He was, however, unrelentingly critical of North Korea, a politically and economically isolated nation whose leaders have long viewed the United States as a military threat, in part because of periodic U.S. military exercises with South Korea, which the rogue nation sees as preparations for attacks aimed at destroying its ruling elite.

Mattis called North Korea an “urgent military threat.” In a question-and-answer session with his audience of national security experts from across the globe, he was asked whether the U.S. might attack the North pre-emptively and without warning South Korea in advance.

“We’re working diplomatically, economically, we’re trying to exhaust all possible alternatives to avert this race for a nuclear weapon in violation of … the United Nations’ restrictions on North Korea’s activities,” he said. “We want to stop this. We consider it urgent.”

China blocked tough new sanctions against North Korea that the United States pushed in the U.N. Security Council on Friday. However, the Security Council did vote unanimously to add 15 individuals and four entities linked to the North’s nuclear and missile programs to a U.N. sanctions blacklist.

Still, Mattis said the U.S. was fully committed to working with its global partners, Reuters reported. “Like it or not, we are a part of the world…What a crummy world if we all retreat inside our borders,” he replied.

In his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mattis sought to balance his hopeful comments on China with sharp criticism of what he called Beijing’s disregard for international law by its “indisputable militarization” of artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

“We oppose countries militarizing artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims unsupported by international law,” he said. “We cannot and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo.”

Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told a news conference later that he believed Mattis had effectively stressed the U.S. commitment to allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

“He was very clear, very strong,” said Thornberry, who led a bipartisan congressional delegation on an Asia tour and attended Saturday’s Singapore conference.

Overall, Mattis’ speech struck a positive, hopeful tone for cooperation and peace in the Asia-Pacific region, where he and his predecessors have made it a priority to nurture and strengthen alliances and partnerships.

“While competition between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable,” he said. “Our two countries can and do cooperate for mutual benefit. We will pledge to work closely with China where we share common cause.

“While the North Korean regime has a long record of murder of diplomats, of kidnapping, killing of sailors and criminal activity, its nuclear weapons program is maturing as a threat to all,” Mattis said. “As a matter of national security, the United States regards the threat from North Korea as a clear and present danger.”

The U.S. has about 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea, a defense treaty ally.

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Mattis calls North Korea’s threats ‘clear and present danger,’ criticizes ally China
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06 … china.html

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a “clear and present danger,” while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over contested islands in the South China Sea.

His sharp words for both countries suggested he believed China would, out of self-interest, pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs even as Washington pushes Beijing to change course in the South China Sea.

Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration was encouraged by China’s renewed commitment to working with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. He also said he thought Beijing ultimately would see Kim Jong Un’s regime as a liability rather than an asset.

He was, however, unrelentingly critical of North Korea, a politically and economically isolated nation whose leaders have long viewed the United States as a military threat, in part because of periodic U.S. military exercises with South Korea, which the rogue nation sees as preparations for attacks aimed at destroying its ruling elite.

Mattis called North Korea an “urgent military threat.” In a question-and-answer session with his audience of national security experts from across the globe, he was asked whether the U.S. might attack the North pre-emptively and without warning South Korea in advance.

“We’re working diplomatically, economically, we’re trying to exhaust all possible alternatives to avert this race for a nuclear weapon in violation of … the United Nations’ restrictions on North Korea’s activities,” he said. “We want to stop this. We consider it urgent.”

China blocked tough new sanctions against North Korea that the United States pushed in the U.N. Security Council on Friday. However, the Security Council did vote unanimously to add 15 individuals and four entities linked to the North’s nuclear and missile programs to a U.N. sanctions blacklist.

Still, Mattis said the U.S. was fully committed to working with its global partners, Reuters reported. “Like it or not, we are a part of the world…What a crummy world if we all retreat inside our borders,” he replied.

In his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mattis sought to balance his hopeful comments on China with sharp criticism of what he called Beijing’s disregard for international law by its “indisputable militarization” of artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

“We oppose countries militarizing artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims unsupported by international law,” he said. “We cannot and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo.”

Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told a news conference later that he believed Mattis had effectively stressed the U.S. commitment to allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

“He was very clear, very strong,” said Thornberry, who led a bipartisan congressional delegation on an Asia tour and attended Saturday’s Singapore conference.

Overall, Mattis’ speech struck a positive, hopeful tone for cooperation and peace in the Asia-Pacific region, where he and his predecessors have made it a priority to nurture and strengthen alliances and partnerships.

“While competition between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable,” he said. “Our two countries can and do cooperate for mutual benefit. We will pledge to work closely with China where we share common cause.

“While the North Korean regime has a long record of murder of diplomats, of kidnapping, killing of sailors and criminal activity, its nuclear weapons program is maturing as a threat to all,” Mattis said. “As a matter of national security, the United States regards the threat from North Korea as a clear and present danger.”

The U.S. has about 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea, a defense treaty ally.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:48 am