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The North Korean threat beyond Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles

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From the moment that President Barack Obama told President-elect Donald Trump during the transition about the impending threat of North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBMs, Trump’s basic stance has been: not on my watch. From his tweet of January 2 (“won’t happen!”) to his August statements that the US military is “locked and loaded” to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it threatens America, Trump has sought to draw a red line that makes it clear he will do whatever is necessary to halt North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs—before they can target the continental United States.

This, of course, would pose a huge, possibly intolerable threat. Once North Korea achieved the ability to strike San Francisco or Los Angeles, it would undoubtedly continue extending its reach to the rest of the United States. At that point, Americans would have to try to live with a formidable nuclear power that, like Russia or China, could kill tens of millions in the event of all-out war. And while the United States would build up missile defenses in the hope of limiting damage and bolster its nuclear deterrent, allowing such a regime to acquire such a capability will strike most Americans as unacceptable—if there is any other realistic alternative.

But to properly assess the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, Americans must first recognize the danger that its current arsenal of up to 60 nuclear weapons already poses to the United States and its allies. Kim Jong Un can already deliver a nuclear warhead against South Korea, where nearly 28,500 US servicemen are based and nearly 200,000 US citizens live; it can already hit Japan with a nuclear warhead, where close to 90,000 Americans live, including 39,000 US troops. On Monday, alarm bells sounded in Japan when a North Korean missile overflew its northern provinces.

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ICBMs, of course, have one fatal flaw: They leave an unambiguous return address. Kim Jong Un knows that within minutes of any launch of an ICBM against the US, he and his regime will be toast. As Colin Powell once put it, the US response would turn that country into a “charcoal briquette.”

However, there is another, even more likely way that a North Korean nuclear weapon could explode in a US city: Kim could sell one to terrorists. Are the terrorists the United States is fighting today interested in nuclear weapons? Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of al Qaeda, has been seeking nuclear weapons for more than a decade. Moreover, in 2016, an ISIS-related group was discovered actively pursuing nuclear materials at a Belgian nuclear power plant. Does Kim imagine he could get away with selling a nuclear weapon, or the material to make one, to a terrorist group? One would think not—and the United States must do everything possible to make him believe that.

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But no one can erase the fact that Pyongyang has already crossed that line without suffering serious consequences. Beginning in 2001, North Korea sold materials, designs, and expertise to Syria that helped it build a plutonium-producing nuclear reactor. By now, that reactor would have produced enough plutonium for several nuclear bombs—had it not been destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in 2007.

What price did North Korea pay? Pyongyang got its money; Syria was bombed; and the US was soon back at the negotiating table in the six-party talks trying, unsuccessfully, to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. North Korea is known in intelligence circles as “Missiles ‘R’ Us,” having sold and delivered missiles to Iran, Syria, Pakistan, and others. As former secretary of defense Robert Gates said, the North Koreans will “sell anything they have to anybody who has the cash to buy it.” Perversely, as the United States pushes for tighter enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea, the cash-strapped regime has greater incentives to turn back to the nuclear black market.

To address the ICBM threat in the narrow window before Kim develops an operational capability, the Trump administration has expressed a readiness to negotiate on the condition that North Korea freezes nuclear and missile tests. Such a freeze would be a significant improvement over North Korea’s relentless nuclear advance. But even if the Trump administration succeeds in stopping Kim at this point, the United States will then be left with all the dangers posed by Kim’s existing nuclear stockpile. In addition, North Korea has facilities currently producing both plutonium and highly enriched uranium, which experts estimate can produce enough fissile material for 12 additional weapons per year. So the United States should also seek a freeze of North Korea’s production of fissile materials.

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In addition to the current effort, Trump needs to send Kim a clear message, with an identical copy delivered to China’s president Xi Jinping: If any nuclear bomb of North Korean origin were to explode on American soil or that of an American ally, the US will respond as though North Korea itself had hit the United States with a nuclear-tipped ICBM.

The recent “war of words” between Trump and Kim has awakened many Americans to the North Korean nuclear threat. While Americans can hope that the current confrontation will succeed in stopping further ICBM and nuclear tests, even if this succeeds, the US will be left trying to live with the clear and present danger posed by a nuclear North Korea.

Via Manila Times!

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Breaking – Nigeria In Fresh Trouble As North Korea Warns Nigerians To Stop Mocking Supreme Leader Kim Jung-Un

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The DPRK News Service of North Korea has warned Nigerians to stop insulting it’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un or face the consequences of their unwarranted insults. In a tweet by North Korea’s leading Media DPRK News Service. Nigerian were warned against any form of mockery against the Supreme leader of North Korea. This was made public through a tweet from the twitter handle of the North Korean News Outlet.

In recent times Nigeria has been attracting the wrath of powerful nations. Most people believe that what is happening to Nigeria is spiritual chastisement. Since the inception of Mohammadu Buhari led administration, everything about Nigeria has been going south.

Nigeria incurred the wrath of Israel and Morocco through misguided utterances and they have been paying a heavy price ever since the incidents took place.

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Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari was rumored to have sponsored the failed coup d’état to oust the incumbent president of Turkey, thereby inheriting the full wrath of Turkish government.

“Impudent peoples of Nigeria are warned against mockery of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, lest they pay a heavy price.”

The latest of these strange happenings, is the warning by North Korea to Nigerians just a few moments after successfully testing their earth-quaking Hydrogen Bomb. “Impudent peoples of Nigeria are warned against mockery of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, lest they pay a heavy price,” DPRK News Service tweeted.

On the other hand, Nigerians in their usual manner took to twitter, bombing North Korea with their tweets and making all sorts of mockery against the Leader North Koreans Revered so much. Below is some of the tweets, retweets and replies.

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Horrifying moment villagers cut open a giant python and discover their missing friend inside who had been swallowed whole after being crushed to death

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  • Akbar Salubiro, 25, went missing after setting off to harvest palm oil in Indonesia
  • Friends found a python in his back garden and feared he had been swallowed 
  • Local used 18-inch hunting knife to slice open the snake and found Akbar inside
  • People ‘heard cries’ night before he was found inside seven-metre long python

This is the sickening moment a dead man was cut out of a seven-metre long python’s stomach after being swallowed whole.

Akbar Salubiro, 25, went missing on Sunday night after setting off to harvest palm oil in a remote village on the island of west Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Concerned friends and relatives found a giant python sprawled out in Akbar’s own back garden the next evening – and feared he had been suffocated and swallowed.

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Akbar’s lifeless body was found inside the serpent after horrified locals sliced open its belly using a 18-inch long hunting knife.

This is the sickening moment Akbar Salubiro, 25, was cut out from the stomach of a seven-metre long python after being swallowed whole in Indonesia

This is the sickening moment Akbar Salubiro, 25, was cut out from the stomach of a seven-metre long python after being swallowed whole in Indonesia

Concerned friends and relatives found the giant python sprawled out in Akbar's own back garden the next evening - and feared he had been suffocated and swallowed

Concerned friends and relatives found the giant python sprawled out in Akbar’s own back garden the next evening – and feared he had been suffocated and swallowed

Horrifying footage shows the corpse being slowly removed from the killer reptile as the leathery skin is peeled away.

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Neighbour Satriawan – who knew Akbar – said: ‘He was found in the location of the garden.

‘Initially Akbar set out from his home to go to harvest palm. After not returning to his home, people looked for him.’

Akbar’s wife, Munu, was away at the time and only found out when pictures and video emerged in the news, local media reported.

Horrifying footage shows the corpse being slowly removed from the killer reptile as the leathery skin is peeled away

Horrifying footage shows the corpse being slowly removed from the killer reptile as the leathery skin is peeled away

Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi said: ‘People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake’s stomach.

‘When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake.

‘Resident cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless.’

Reticulated pythons are boa constrictors that suffocate their victims before swallowing them whole.

Via Daily Mail!

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Must See Video Of How Pakistani Armed Forces Are Brutalizing Christians

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This video shows armed men in uniform said to be members of Pakistani defence forces brutalizing  Christians in a most horrible way. Women and Children can be seen wailing.

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Blind Mother and neighbour beheaded by Drug Addict

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A man high on an inhaled solvent has been arrested for stabbing and beheading his blind mother and a male neighbour in Si Wilai district, Bangkok.

According to Police Captain Seksan Nahom, a deputy investigation chief at Si Wilai police station, the gruesome murders occurred at Nong Chan village of this northeastern province.

Police received a report of the crime about 2.30pm on Monday. On arrival at the scene they found the headless body of a man, identified later as Samruay Yodsaeng, 59, lying beside a bamboo tree with a deep stab wound in the back.

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The alleged killer, Khet Pimthaphor, 42, had locked himself inside his one-storey house with his mother Suk Pimthaphor, 72, who was crying for help, Thai media reported.

Pol Col Winai Mahapolsirikhun ordered officers to surround the house to find ways to help the elderly woman being held hostage by her son, who was reportedly addicted to glue.

Negotiations for the woman’s release and her son’s surrender were not successful. When the elderly woman’s crying and pleading suddenly fell silent police stormed the house.

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They stopped dead and then pulled back when confronted with the sight of Mr Khet holding his mother’s severed head at the door to the bathroom. When police re-enetered the house they found Mr Khet had locked himself in the bsedroom. They forced open the door and arrested him. Police said the man was delirious and confused.

The headless body of his mother was found in the room with him. She had been stabbed several times in the chest. The heads of the two victims were found together in a bowl in the bathroom. The floor of the house was stained with blood.

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Mr. Khet was taken to a hospital for treatment of a knife wound to his left foot. It was believed he injured himself during his frenzied attack on his mother. Police found three large knives, each about 60cm long, in the house. He was initially charged with murder and held in custody.

 

 

 

 

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