Friday, September 20, 2019

Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Continues to Grow



Report: North Korea still expanding nuclear arsenal, could have 30-40 warheads by 2020
North Korea is reportedly expanding its nuclear arsenal, all while participating in nuclear disarmament discussions with the USA.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Director Dan Smith claims that Kim Jong Un may have around 30 to 40 nuclear warheads in his possession (as everything in North Korea belongs to the dictator).
While North Korea has not officially tested a nuclear weapon or ballistic missile since 2018, Smith believes the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ is continuing its nuclear weapon research.
“The definition of denuclearization is a big thing to be worked out,” he said.
According to Newsweek, experts believe that North Korea will likely maintain nuclear weapons, regardless of any treaty it may sign.
For Smith, it’s a matter of U.S. diplomacy -and possibly show of force- that will tip the balance more than South Korea ever could.
“The definitive key to unlocking the problems does not lie in South Korea’s hands. It lies much more in American hands,” he said.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

New York Quake Overdue (The Sixth Seal) (Rev 6:12)

New York City Is Overdue For Large Earthquake: Seismologist

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Won-Young Kim, who runs the seismographic network for the Northeast at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said the city is well overdue for a big earthquake.
The last big quake to hit New York City was a 5.3-magnitude tremor in 1884 that happened at sea in between Brooklyn and Sandy Hook. While no one was killed, buildings were damaged.
Kim said the city is likely to experience a big earthquake every 100 years or so.
“It can happen anytime soon,” Kim said. “We can expect it any minute, we just don’t know when and where.”
New York has never experienced a magnitude 6 or 7 earthquake, which are the most dangerous. But magnitude 5 quakes could topple brick buildings and chimneys.
Seismologist John Armbruster said a magnitude 5 quake that happened now would be more devastating than the one that happened in 1884.

More Israeli Attacks on Iran



“Unidentified warplanes” strike Shiite militia targets in the Al Bukamal region of eastern Syria early Tuesday morning, Arab media outlets report. The airstrikes were allegedly carried out near the Iraqi border and targeted the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units. One Iraqi news channel says Israel behind the attacks.
“Unidentified warplanes” struck Shiite militia targets in the Al Bukamal region of eastern Syria early Tuesday morning, Arab media outlets reported.
According to the reports, the airstrikes were carried out near the Iraqi border and targeted the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units.
One Iraqi news channel pointed to Israel as the perpetrator of one of the attacks.
The purported strikes are the latest in a mysterious spate of attacks attributed to Israel against Iran-backed bases in Syria and Iraq.
Earlier this month, 18 pro-Iran fighters were said to have been killed in an overnight airstrike on the Syrian side of the border.
Most of the explosions have targeted installations belonging to the Popular Mobilization Units.
The attacks come amid rising tensions in the Middle East and especially amid the crisis between Iran and the US in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as a recent airstrike on Saudi oil plants that the US has blamed on Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that Iran has no immunity anywhere and that the Israeli military forces “will act – and currently are acting – against them.”
This article was originally published by i24NEWS.

The Destruction of the Human Race (Revelation 16)


More than 90 million people would be killed or injured in a nuclear war between the US and Russia if a conventional conflict went too far, according to a new simulation created by researchers.
Such a scenario has become “dramatically” more plausible in the last two years because the two countries have dropped support for arms-control measures, according to a team from Princeton University.
The simulation, the result of a study at Princeton‘s Science and Global Security programme (SGS), suggests 34 million people would be killed and 57 million injured in the first hours of an all-out nuclear conflagration – not counting those left ill by fallout and other long-term problems.

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In the animation, electronic trails of ballistic missiles arc across the screen, before blossoming into a carpet of white discs.
Worldwide destruction would include the nuclear incineration of Europe, which the Princeton scientists claimed could be brought about by the escalation of a conventional war between Russia and Nato.

They say: “In hopes of halting a US-Nato advance, Russia launches a nuclear warning shot from a base near the city of Kaliningrad. Nato retaliates with a single tactical nuclear air strike.
“As the nuclear threshold is crossed, fighting escalates to a tactical nuclear war in Europe. Russia sends 300 nuclear warheads via aircraft and short-range missiles to hit Nato bases and advancing troops. Nato responds with approximately 180 nuclear warheads via aircraft.”
After that, hundreds of further strikes are made on both sides against military nuclear forces. In the video, Russia’s red streaks lift away from the ground moments before America’s rain of blue obliterates swathes of the country; then, Moscow’s bombs crash into the US from coast to coast.
Later, Washington and Moscow would both target population centres, with up to 10 missiles per city from their remaining submarine arsenals.
SGS claims the video is “based on real force postures, targets and fatality estimates”. The first simulated nuclear blast appears to occur just inside Poland, near Wroclaw and the borders with Germany and the Czech Republic.
The Independent asked Princeton if there were any other scenarios modelled, such as one in which Nato launches the first nuclear weapon, and what if anything the researchers suggest may trigger the conventional war in the first place.
Zia Mian, a physicist from the SGS programme, said: “This scenario was developed on the basis of a conventional US/Nato-Russia conflict, with Russia launching a ‘de-escalatory’ nuclear weapon strike in accordance with its current policy.
“It was mapped out before the Trump administration announced as part of the Nuclear Posture Review US plans for development of a low-yield nuclear weapon and expanded the conditions under which the US might use nuclear weapons.”
Both the US Department of Defence and Russia’s UK embassy have been contacted for comment.
Sam Dudin, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, told The Independent that the mutually-assured destruction scenario envisaged by SGS would be unlikely to take place because US policy since 1950 has been to avoid direct conventional war with Russia. Moscow also does not want a war with Nato, he said.
Mr Dudin added: “From an operational perspective, it also seems that integrated air defence systems have disappeared from Europe. These systems would have a major impact on nuclear strikes launched from aircraft. The casualty estimates also seem to be low.
“Furthermore, several likely targets seem to have been missed out. Considering that France is a nuclear power, and British nuclear-armed submarines operate out of Faslane in Scotland, this seems like an oversight which demonstrates the American tendency to ignore allies.
“The terminology is quite typical of how the US thinks about Nato. Whereas the UK would talk about a Nato operation, as opposed to a UK-Nato operation, the US typically views Nato as something separate from them.”
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SGS’ simulation comes as Princeton physicists launch a project to persuade fellow scientists of the need to reduce the threat posed by nuclear armaments.
Earlier this year Vladimir Putin signed a bill suspending Russia’s role in a key nuclear pact with the US, after Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the treaty.
The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty banned the production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 310 to 3,410 miles.

Mortar shell fired at Israel from Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)



Mortar shell fired at Israel from Gaza, lands short of border
Launch triggers alarms in open field near the frontier, but no sirens in Israeli towns
By TOI staffToday, 9:12 pm
A mortar shell was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night, but appears to have landed inside the enclave, the army said.
The attack did not trigger rocket sirens in any Israeli community, but did set off alarms in an open field in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, a regional spokesperson said.
“A failed launch from the Gaza Strip was detected. It did not cross into Israeli territory,” the army said.
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The attack came amid ongoing tensions between Israel and terror groups in the Strip, following multiple rocket attacks last week.
On Friday, several thousand Palestinians protested along the Gaza border, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that war with terror groups in the Gaza Strip could break out “at any moment.”
Some 4,000 people took part in the demonstrations, with several hundred rioting and throwing rocks and explosive devices at Israel Defense Forces troops who responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 30 people had been wounded, including 15 from live fire.
Rockets have been fired at Israeli cities and communities multiple times over the past week — with most intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system or landing in open areas — drawing retaliatory Israeli airstrikes. On Tuesday night, two rockets were launched at Ashdod and Ashkelon during a campaign rally in Ashdod by the prime minister, who was whisked off the stage by his bodyguards to take shelter.

Babylon the Great Puts More Pressure on Iran



US to ‘substantially increase’ sanctions on Iran, says Trump
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U.S President Donald Trump, says he has directed the U.S Treasury Department to substantially increase sanctions on Iran following the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
“I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase sanctions on Iran,“ Trump said.
Washington is ratcheting up its maximum pressure campaign on Iran, which it began after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.
However, tensions had mounted in recent time after a drone attack, claimed by Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels, struck major Saudi oil installations.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and the U.S had earlier blamed the attack on Iran, though Tehran denied the charge.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, earlier said Iran would consider talks with the U.S only if Washington showed goodwill and halts its maximum pressure campaign.

The Balance of Power Remains in the Antichrist’s Hands



New spats shake Iraq’s teetering stability — and its PM
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Baghdad (AFP)
As fissures within a powerful paramilitary force go public for the first time and a revolving door of top politicians consults Tehran, Iraq’s fragile political balance is crumbling, analysts say, with worrying consequences for its premier.
It has been a shaky 11 months for Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi’s government since it was painstakingly stitched together in the prolonged wake of May 2018 elections.
The administration’s power rests on the curious coupling of firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr with Fatah, the political arm of the Hashed al-Shaabi armed network.
But a cocktail of new pressure points — from Sadr’s frustration with the Hashed to purported Israeli strikes targeting the force — are fraying this tenuous deal, said Ihsan al-Shammari, head of the Iraqi Center for Political Thought.
“The situation is messy. The political parties are repositioning themselves and the major alliances have broken apart,” Shammari told AFP.
He predicted the “tactical partnership” between Sadr and Fatah will collapse amid the cleric’s escalating criticism of the Hashed’s possession of arms and moves to create its own air force.
Sadr even dramatically tweeted last week that Iraq was turning into a “rogue” state.
Days later, he appeared in an unannounced visit to Iran, the influential powerbroker consulted during times of crisis in Iraq’s political scene.
Sadr was likely there to complain about the Hashed or lobby for more support, including having a say in selecting Iraq’s next premier in case the government falls, said Shammari.
Sadr would also probably use the spectre of popular protests to secure his political goals.
Sadr remains the government’s biggest sponsor, but if it doesn’t make progress, he’ll put the possibility of protests forward -? and we’re starting to see him hint at that,” Shammari said.
In a sign of what may be to come, Iraq’s Sadr-backed health minister Alaa Alwan resigned on Sunday out of frustration with what he said was a corrupt administration.
– ‘Murky, fragile’ –
Since Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime was toppled by the US-led invasion of 2003, Iraq’s Shiite parties have revived and thrived.
For years, they were broadly split between those loyal to Iran and its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against those supporting Iraq’s own Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, said Renad Mansour, a researcher at the Chatham House think-tank.
“Now, it’s murky and much more fragile. The biggest credit for that goes to the challenge facing the Hashed in becoming a post-Islamic State Iraqi institution,” he said.
The Hashed was established in 2014 from mostly-Shiite armed groups and volunteers to fight IS jihadists, who had swept across a third of Iraq. But that common enemy was defeated in 2017.
“Because the front has dried up, the groups are no longer able to profit and are now competing with each other for profits and political positions,” Mansour said.
And this summer, purported Israeli strikes on Hashed bases exposed another rift, this time between the force’s official leader Faleh Fayyadh and his deputy Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, who is much closer to Iran and is said to hold the real power.
Muhandis was quick to blame Washington and Israel for the strikes, but Fayyadh publicly walked back his statement and said the accusation didn’t reflect the Hashed’s position.
Weeks later, a decree signed by Muhandis appeared to authorise the Hashed to create its own air force, later denied by the force.
It was “the first time” the leaders had publicly clashed like this, said Mansour.
“The divide was not a big deal until Muhandis decided that Fayyadh needed to do a better job in protecting Hashed from these strikes,” he told AFP.
“That’s the most important thing — because if Muhandis determines that the leadership is not protecting him, he’ll make moves to remove them,” he said.
– Pax Persiana? –
To push his government past its first birthday in late October, Abdel Mahdi will grapple with a host of challenges.
Lawmakers are threatening to summon ministers to parliament over a lack of progress in services, job creation and combatting corruption.
The widening fissure between Fayyadh and Muhandis could weaken the premier further, said Mansour.
“The precedent of removing a prime minister would be destabilising, if it comes to that. That’s never happened,” he said.
And more strikes on the Hashed would complicate Baghdad’s efforts to maintain its precarious balance between its two allies Tehran and Washington, said Randa Slim of the Washington-based Middle East Institute.
Ultimately, Abdel Mahdi may have Iran to thank if he stays in his post, Slim told AFP.
“Iran wants to keep what exists today in Baghdad, and wants to convince Sadr to live with Abdel Mahdi for now,” she said.
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