Korean Nuclear Horn Threatens U.S. (Daniel 7:7)

 
North Korea warns U.S. it’s ready to use nuclear weapons ‘any time’

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
Updated 9:42 PM ET, Tue September 15, 2015

(CNN)In its latest bout of saber rattling, North Korea says it is ready to use nuclear weapons against the United States and other foes if they pursue “their reckless hostile policy” toward Kim Jong Un’s regime.

In a statement carried by the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, an atomic energy official said Pyongyang is improving its nuclear weapons arsenal “in quality and quantity.”
If the U.S. and other hostile forces persistently seek their reckless hostile policy towards the DPRK and behave mischievously, the DPRK is fully ready to cope with them with nuclear weapons any time,” the director of the North Korean Atomic Energy Institute said, using an abbreviation of the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

North Korea’s main nuclear complex at Yongbyon, which includes a uranium enrichment plant and a plutonium production reactor, is operating normally, the official told the news agency.

North says weapons are for self-defense

Notorious for issuing alarming and attention-grabbing statements, Pyongyang has repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons against the United States. But strong doubts remain over whether it has the missile technology to target the U.S. mainland.

An indication it wants to advance its missile capabilities, North Korea said Monday it was planning more satellite launches. Prohibited by U.N. Security Council resolutions, such launches are widely seen as a way of testing ballistic missile technology.

Kim’s regime didn’t say when the next launch would take place, but observers have speculated that it could launch a long-range rocket carrying a satellite in October around the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s ruling party.

The atomic energy official on Tuesday reiterated the North Korean stance that its nuclear weapons program is a self-defense measure “in the face of the U.S. extreme hostile policy and nuclear threats towards it.”

U.S. stresses missile defense measures

In an interview with CNN earlier Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert said Washington is constantly working with Seoul “to ensure that other allies in the region as well as the U.S. homeland are protected from threats posed by North Korea.”

“We’ve moved, over time, a good deal of missile defense capability to the region,” Lippert said before North Korea issued the statement about its nuclear program. “Ground-based interceptors to Alaska, surface combatants to the Western Pacific, a THAAD battery on Guam, another radar in Japan in order to be ready and vigilant for anything the North Koreans may or may not do.”
THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, is a ballistic missile defense system.

After the North Korean statement, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby told a regular news briefing that the United States continues “to call on North Korea to refrain from irresponsible provocations that aggravate regional tensions, and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments.”

Nuclear complex revamped

The North’s announcement that the Yongbyon nuclear complex is up and running comes as little surprise.

During a period of heightened tensions in the region in spring 2013, Pyongyang announced it would revamp and restart the facilities at the site.

In February of this year, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he believed that “North Korea has followed through on its announcement by expanding its Yongbyon enrichment facility and restarting the reactor.

But some North Korea watchers have questioned whether the reactor is operating at full power.
A July article on 38 North, a website that specializes in analysis of North Korea, said satellite imagery suggested the reactor may not have been operating or was only functioning at low power levels.

The report’s authors also identified rapid construction at the uranium enrichment plant of a building they theorized could be used “to assemble or store conventional high explosive components of a nuclear weapon.”

The North Korean atomic energy official said Tuesday that the Yongbyon facilities were being employed for both economic development and “the building of a nuclear force.”

Expert says nuclear arsenal is growing

Kim Jong Un’s regime may already have 10 to 15 nuclear weapons, according to David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector who now heads the nonprofit Institute for Science and International Security.

In a report in February, Albright predicted that Pyongyang could increase its stockpile to anywhere between 20 and roughly 100 nuclear weapons by 2020.

The growing nuclear arsenal poses a serious strategic challenge for the United States.

The U.S. government has repeatedly called on North Korea to commit to denuclearization as a condition of any future negotiations, but Kim’s regime has repeatedly dismissed such an idea, demanding to be recognized as a nuclear power.

Pyongyang’s statement Tuesday provided few details about its specific grievances with U.S. policy, which it accused of “openly seeking the downfall” of North Korea’s “social system.”

The combative rhetoric comes just three weeks after North and South Korea reached a deal to dial down tensions in the region that were inflamed by landmine blasts and artillery fire in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two countries.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye issued a joint statement with EU leaders after a summit in Seoul on Tuesday in which they strongly condemned the North’s “continued development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

The leaders urged North Korea to abandon all its nuclear weapons and existing nuclear program in a “complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner,” and to “refrain from any further provocation.”
CNN’s Kathy Novak and journalist HyoungJoo Choi contributed to this report.

The End Is Much Closer Than People Realize (Revelation 16)

Russia was ready for nuclear alert over Crimea, Putin says in documentary

Putin Threatens Nuclear War

Putin Threatens Nuclear War
MOSCOW — Reuters

Published Sunday, Mar. 15 2015, 9:28 PM EDT

Mr. Putin also expanded on a previous admission that the well-armed forces in unmarked uniforms who took control of Ukrainian military facilities in Crimea were Russian soldiers.
Mr. Putin also said that Russia had saved the life of Ukraine’s former pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovich, who he said had been in danger after “revolutionaries” seized power following weeks of violent street protests in Kiev last year.
“For us it became clear and we received information that there were plans not only for his capture, but, preferably for those who carried out the coup, but also for his physical elimination. As one famous historical figure said: ‘No person, no problem,’” Mr. Putin said.
Protests over Mr. Yanukovich’s decision to back away from a trade agreement with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Moscow forced him from power in February last year. Mr. Yanukovich’s overthrow ultimately prompted Russia to seize and annex the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.
“Of course it wasn’t immediately understandable [what the reaction would be to Crimea’s annexation],” Mr. Putin said. “Therefore, in the first stages, I had to orient our armed forces. Not just orient, but give direct orders.”
Russia initially denied that the unmarked forces who took control in Crimea were Russian, but Mr. Putin later admitted they were. In the Sunday documentary, he said he ordered the defence ministry to deploy military intelligence special forces, marines and paratroopers “under the cover of strengthening the protection of our military facilities.” (Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based in Crimea; it retained the bases after the collapse of the Soviet Union under an agreement with Ukraine.)
Mr. Putin claimed in the documentary that the number of Russian forces in Crimea never exceeded the 20,000 authorized under the agreement on basing the Black Sea Fleet there.
The documentary comes as speculation swirls about Mr. Putin’s 10-day absence from public view. He has not been seen in public or on live television since March 5, prompting a wave of savage mockery across the Internet, despite official insistence that it was business as usual in the Kremlin. On Monday, he will meet with the president of Kyrgyzstan in an event covered by the news media, which would be his first appearance before journalists since March 5.
The independent news broadcaster Dozhd said on Sunday the Kremlin had declined to comment on its report that Mr. Putin had not been in Moscow but in Novgorod province, at his Lake Valdai residence, for the past several days. An Austrian newspaper reported that Mr. Putin was suffering from back problems and that a Viennese orthopedic expert had travelled to Russia to treat him.
The film, shown across Russia ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, documented the seizure of the peninsula and provided details of Mr. Yanukovich’s last hours in Ukraine before he fled to Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia.
Mr. Putin said Mr. Yanukovich had called on Feb. 21 last year to lay out plans to leave the capital, where violent street protests had been raging for weeks.
“I told him my point of view that, in such a situation, it’s best not to leave the capital,” said Mr. Putin.
From Kiev, Mr. Yanukovich travelled to Kharkiv, then on to Donetsk, where he called Mr. Putin to ask for help.
Mr. Putin suggested meeting him personally in Rostov-on-Don, but Mr. Yanukovich’s plane was not given permission to leave. He then travelled to Crimea, from where he was spirited to Russia.

Like Their Nukes, Iran Prepared To Move (Daniel 8:3)

March 6, 2015
 
Last week we reported a potential Iranian armored blitzkrieg through Syria to the Golan Heights, on the northern border of Israel. Today’s news may confirm that report.

Israeli General Israel Ziv (res.) reported in Jerusalem that Iranian general officers have taken command of the Syrian front within six miles of the north-east border of Israel, along with 10,000 “volunteers” from Iran, Iraq and Afganistan.

From the Israel newspaper Yedioth Achronoth, as translated by the Washington Free Beacon:

“Iran is taking over the reins in Syria,” said Ziv … “In fact, no military decision [in Syria] is made without [the Iranianian Revolutionary Guard].” He described (Syrian President) Assad as “a puppet looking out at his lost land.”

This dangerous development may lead to a fast-spreading regional war in the Middle East. An Iranian blitzkrieg against the Golan Heights would trigger Israeli defenses in depth in Syria. Iran could potentially bring more than 100,000 Basiji into the battle, as well as IRGC troops. If Israel is directly threatened, it may well resort to unconventional weapons, and even launch a counter-attack against Iran itself. In previous wars Israel has counter-attacked into Syria and Egypt.

This news comes amid signs of further American concessions in nuclear negotiations with Iran. However, Iran’s aggression in Syria may torpedo the nuclear talks. Nobody could possibly believe in Iranian good faith in the face of an attack against Israel, more than 1,000 miles from the Iranian border.

In a separate report, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei published a February 8 statement on his website that “Iran has enriched uranium to the 20-percent level” — after promising the United States that it would not do so.

Iranian Air Force officers in Khamenei’s audience were reported to have responded to his statement with a chant,

“Allah Akbar [God is great]” … “Khamenei is the leader. Death to the enemies of the leadership. Death to America. Death to England. Death to hypocrites. Death to Israel.”

Iranians have been made to chant those words every day since 1979, when Jimmy Carter permitted the modernizing Shah of Iran to be overthrown by martyrdom-preacher Ayatollah Khomeini, leading to more than a million dead in the following Iran-Iraq War.

Babylon Preparing For Armageddon (Revelation 16:16)

After neglect, U.S. nuclear force seeing improvement: officials

Air Force Stealth Nuclear Bomber

Air Force Stealth Nuclear Bomber

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.

(Reuters) – Renewed focus on the U.S. nuclear force after several scandals last year is improving conditions for airmen, but more work must be done, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Wednesday after an icy tour of the only U.S. missile and bomber base.

Work said missile launch officers and maintenance workers he met at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota were seeing the result of improvement efforts, including a deep cleaning of underground missile launch capsules and the purchase of new equipment.

But some parts of the nuclear force were still using floppy computer disks and 25-year-old computer technology, Work said after a tour of the base, where temperatures around 2 degrees Fahrenheit (-16 Celsius) were accompanied by blistering winds.

“Nothing is better than being able to look the troops in the eye, and the officers, and hear what they’re saying,” Work said. “It was really good to put eyes on target. We still have work to do.”

He said the morale of the troops he spoke to was good and they were seeing the impact of increased spending, including a rise in staffing levels. But he said they wanted to know whether the investments would continue.

Work’s visit to the base, the only U.S. facility housing both nuclear missiles and bombers, came a week after the Pentagon rolled out a 2016 budget that calls for $8 billion in new spending on the nuclear force over the next five years, including about $1 billion for the 2016 fiscal year.

Arms control groups have criticized the Obama administration for proposing a $534 billion Pentagon base budget that includes new spending on the nuclear arms.

“The administration’s budget request is deeply disappointing and a lost opportunity to make common sense adjustments to the current nuclear weapons spending trajectory,” said Kingston Reif, an analyst with the Arms Control Association.

But two reviews ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last year concluded the force was plagued by a culture of over-inspection and micro-management, as well as a “consistent lack of investment.”

Hagel ordered reviews after a spate of incidents, including cheating on proficiency exams by missile launch officers and the sacking of the head of the force for drunkenness and bad behavior during an official visit to Moscow.

Hagel said he would seek a 10 percent increase in funding for the nuclear force, which cost about $15 billion annually. The funding request for 2016 fell slightly short of that figure, but the five-year amount was higher.

(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

Antichrist Orders His Men To Be Ready (Rev 13:16)

Sadrists should be ready, not wear military uniforms, Muqtada al-Sadr

Ordering Sadrists
Iraq Tradelink News Agency
Monday, December 15, 2014
4:53 AM

Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink: Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr called his followers to be ready, calling his Saraya al-Salam forces “not to wear military attire, abide by the central military orders.

In addition, he ordered not interfere in political issues and non-use of Sadrists’ name in governmental establishments.

The Sadrist leader ordered, on 11 December, 2014, his followers (Saraya al-Salam forces) to be ready within 48 hours for “Jihad”, due to the dangerous situation in the holy city of Samarra’.

Antichrist Ready To Fight ISIS

Powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: Militia ready to fight IS

US President Barack Obama granted war powers in the fight against Islamic State militants

Antichrist Moqtada al Sadr
AFP/Haidar Hamdani“Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech from the southern city of Najaf on February 18, 2014″

Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s most powerful Shiite cleric has said that his militia has been put on alert to battle Islamic State (IS) militants for the city of Samarra.

Sadr’s “Peace Brigades” left the city two months ago but are “fully prepared to answer the call of jihad within 48 hours” and are awaiting further instruction, said a statement released on December 10.

His office said the announcement was due to “exceptional conditions and imminent danger to the sacred city of Samarra from the legions of terrorists.”

Samarra was home to the ninth century Imam Askari shrine which was blown up by Sunni militants eight years ago.

In June Sadr said in a televised speech from the Shiite holy cite of Najaf that “we will shake the ground under the feet of ignorance and extremism,” referring to Sunni insurgents who have overrun a swathe of territory in Iraq.

Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia, which battled US forces for years when American troops were stationed in Iraq during their country’s nearly nine-year war, remains officially inactive, but fighters loyal to the cleric have nevertheless vowed to combat the militant advance.

 Kerry calls for new three-year war powers to fight IS

S.Ramis, J.Jacobsen (AFP)
S.Ramis, J.Jacobsen (AFP)“The Islamic State in Syria, Iraq”

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against the Islamic State. This is the first Congressional vote which will grant Obama war powers in the fight against the Islamic militants.

US Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday urged lawmakers to adopt this authorization to underpin military action against Islamic State militants for at least three years, and passed by a vote of 10-8.

But during a heated debate, the top US diplomat came under fire from Republicans and Democrats who argued that if President Barack Obama wanted new powers to combat the jihadists, he should have drawn up a draft text to propose to the Senate.

So far, the Obama administration has used the existing authorization for use of military force against Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their branches approved in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks as the legal justification for going after IS.

Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations committee: “I think we all agree that this discussion must conclude with a bipartisan vote that makes clear that this is not one party’s fight against ISIL (IS), but rather that it reflects our unified determination to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.”

Our coalition partners need to know it. The men and women of our armed forces need to know it. And ISIL’s cadres of killers, rapists, and bigots need to understand it.”

The authorization would allow ground combat operations, except as necessary to protect or rescue US soldiers or citizens, conduct intelligence operations, spotters to help with airstrikes, operational planning or other forms of advice and assistance.

Kerry argued the new legal authority should “not constrain our ability” to act in other places if needed.

Obama has insisted he will not send US ground troops into combat operations against IS, saying that “will be the responsibility of local forces.”

That does not mean we should preemptively bind the hands of the commander-in-chief — or our commanders in the field — in responding to scenarios and contingencies that are impossible to foresee,” Kerry said.

The authorization will be valid for three years with room for a possible extension, the administration must also report every 60 days on the fight against IS. Kerry also urged that the text should not limit US actions geographically to just Syria and Iraq.
(with AFP)

Our Sketchy Nuclear Program (Daniel 7:7)

America: Nuclear Missiles Battle-Ready?

Our “Launch Ready” Nuclear Silos

Much has been made of the United States government’s planned downsize of the U.S. Army. It plans to scale the military back from the current 520,000 active troops to 440,000 by 2019. This cutback will make it the smallest U.S. Army since before World War II.

But there are bigger problems you should be aware of.

The United States currently has 4,804 nuclear warheads, 450 of which are located on Air Force bases in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. These 450 Minuteman 3 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) are supposedly in constant battle-ready mode.

The equipment used to secure these missiles was built in the 1960s. The bases are still using computers that require eight-inch floppy disks.Worryingly, the equipment used to secure these missiles was built in the 1960s. The bases are still using computers that require eight-inch floppy disks. As one missileer stated, she had not seen such “technology” until she started working in the command center. One would think the world’s superpower would use the latest state-of-the-art technology to safeguard its deadliest weapons.

However, it is not the shrinking army and its lack of up-to-date technology that should worry the American public the most, but the sketchy personnel in charge.

In 2013, the Air Force relieved the two-star general in command of the 450 ICBMs. The general was suspended for “exceeding the limits of accepted standards of good conduct and proper behavior” while on an official trip to Moscow. He reportedly drunk during the four-day trip. Earlier in the week, a vice admiral who oversaw the military’s nuclear forces, missile defense and cyber warfare operations was also relieved of his duties because of a probe into his possible use of counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino.

The irresponsibility of our nuclear launch officers does not stop with these two high-ranking men. It has seeped down the chain of command. Earlier in 2013, two of the three missile bases under the general’s command received unsatisfactory ratings in regular annual inspections. In August, the officers at the Montana Air Force Base failed their third inspection in five years. Seventeen nuclear-launch officers in North Dakota were sidelined after they received a D in their missile launch skills inspection.

“We are, in fact, in a crisis right now,” Lt. Col. Jay Folds wrote in an email to his subordinates after receiving the results of the inspection. He said there was “rot” amongst the ranks.

In 2013, 17 nuclear-launch officers were sidelined after they received a D in their missile launch skills inspection.The firing of these missileers was not an isolated incident. Missileers take regular tests to ensure they understand the systems they have been entrusted with operating. To pass these tests, an individual must score higher than 90 percent. In January, BBC reported that 34 officers at the Montana Air Force Base either cheated on their tests or knew others who did and did not report it. Some members were caught texting answers to fellow officers.

How safe do you feel knowing your country’s nuclear missile operators cannot get 90 percent on their tests without cheating?

Missileers were also caught violating safety guidelines. A maintenance member reported a blast door was left open while one of the crew members was sleeping. According to procedure, if a member is resting, the blast door must be closed. If the door is left open, the security of the missile and the crew is compromised. This can lead to the potential capturing of security codes by outsiders.

If the missiles here in the U.S. are vulnerable, how secure is its nuclear weaponry in Europe?

“According to a Blue Ribbon Review set up by the U.S. Air Force in 2008, most U.S. nuclear weapons storage sites in Europe do not meet U.S. Defense Department security standards,” Tom Sauer and Bob van der Zwaan wrote in a May 2011 reportfor the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium is one of the bases that hosts America’s tactical nuclear weapons. In 2010, the base was penetrated by peace activists. The activists climbed the perimeter fence and wandered around the base for more than an hour, videotaping their escapade. When they were finally caught, base security didn’t even confiscate the videotape. This lax security and poor training will have terrible real-world consequences.

Do you think that the European nations that host these weapons are as indifferent about them as America is?

America is developing the attitude that these weapons will never be used. But this false sense of security is going to cause its downfall. To understand how these nuclear weapons are going to play a big part in America’s future, watch Trumpeteditor in chief Gerald Flurry’s Key of David “Europe’s Dirty Secret.” 

United States Nuclear Missiles Ready For First Strike

Nuclear War? US Nuclear Missiles Elevated to Offensive First Strike Role!

June 5th, 2014

Nuclear Missile Shield

Nuclear Missile Shield

The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases.

Anti-ballistic missiles, known as “star wars,” are weapons designed to intercept and destroy ICBMs. In Washington’s war doctrine, the US hits Russia with a first strike, and whatever retaliatory force Russia might have remaining is prevented from reaching the US by the shield of ABMs.

The reason Washington gave for the change in war doctrine is the possibility that terrorists might obtain a nuclear weapon with which to destroy an American city. This explanation is nonsensical. Terrorists are individuals or a group of individuals, not a country with a threatening military. To use nuclear weapons against terrorists would destroy far more than the terrorists and be pointless as a drone with a conventional missile would suffice.

The reason Washington gave for the ABM base in Poland is to protect Europe from Iranian ICBMs. Washington and every European government knows that Iran has no ICBMs and that Iran has not indicated any intent to attack Europe.

No government believes Washington’s reasons. Every government realizes that Washington’s reasons are feeble attempts to hide the fact that it is creating the capability on the ground to win a nuclear war.

The Russian government understands that the change in US war doctrine and the US ABM bases on its borders are directed at Russia and are indications that Washington plans a first strike with nuclear weapons on Russia.

China has also understood that Washington has similar intentions toward China. As I reported several months ago, in response to Washington’s threat China called the world’s attention to China’s ability to destroy the US should Washington initiate such a conflict.

However, Washington believes that it can win a nuclear war with little or no damage to the US. This belief makes nuclear war likely.

As Steven Starr makes clear, this belief is based in ignorance. Nuclear war has no winner. Even if US cities were saved from retaliation by ABMs, the radiation and nuclear winter effects of the weapons that hit Russia and China would destroy the US as well.

The media, conveniently concentrated into a few hands during the corrupt Clinton regime, is complicit by ignoring the issue. The governments of Washington’s vassal states in Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan are also complicit, because they accept Washington’s plan and provide the bases for implementing it. The demented Polish government has probably signed the death warrant for humanity. The US Congress is complicit, because no hearings are held about the executive branch’s plans for initiating nuclear war.

Washington has created a dangerous situation. As Russia and China are clearly threatened with a first strike, they might decide to strike first themselves. Why should Russia and China sit and await the inevitable while their adversary creates the ability to protect itself by developing its ABM shield? Once Washington completes the shield, Russia and China are certain to be attacked, unless they surrender in advance.

The 10 minute report below from Russia Today makes it clear that Washington’s secret plan for a first strike on Russia is not secret. The report also makes it clear that Washington is prepared to eliminate any European leaders who do not align with Washington.

Readers will ask me, “What can we do?” This is what you can do. You can shut down the Ministry of Propaganda by turning off Fox News, CNN, the BBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, by ceasing to read the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times. Simply exit the official media. Do not believe one word that the government says. Do not vote. Realize that evil is concentrated in Washington. In the 21st century Washington has destroyed in whole or part seven countries. Millions of peoples murdered, maimed, displaced, and Washington has shown no remorse whatsoever. Neither have the “Christian” churches. The devastation that Washington has inflicted is portrayed as a great success. Washington prevailed.

Washington is determined to prevail, and the evil that Washington represents is leading the world to destruction.

North Korean Missiles Are Nuclear Ready

Analyst: North Korea May Already Have Militarized Warhead
North Korea's Missiles Are Nuclear Ready

North Korea’s Missiles Are Nuclear Ready

Baik Sungwon

April 24, 2014 2:51 PM

As concern grows that North Korea may be preparing for another underground nuclear weapons test, a leading nuclear scientist says Pyongyang already may have acquired a device small enough to fit atop a missile.

David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, explained that the North does not need another nuclear test to acquire a militarized warhead.

“I think it is a mistake to think that they require this testing in order to design a militarized warhead. I think they may have gotten one from Pakistan or China,” said Albright.

But Albright, who also worked as an inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, said that doesn’t rule out another North Korea test.

“But what they can’t get without testing is reliability. So the testing is invaluable to make sure everything works,” he said.

The assessment came amid wide speculation about the North’s nuclear capability, triggered by the North’s warning that it could conduct a “new form” of nuclear test.

Nick Hansen, an analyst at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and 38 North, says the point of future tests will be focused on increasing Pyongyang’s ability to weaponize its warheads.

“The only reason they are doing this in developing a warhead or a nuclear bomb is to put it on a missile,” said Hansen.

He added that he thinks North Korea may be preparing for multiple, simultaneous tests.
“So one of the things you could think of is a new form of testing, is to test two bombs simultaneously or as close as they can get it. Pakistan did that by the way. And if you do that, you don’t catch as much flack from the international community as you would if you test one off and then two months later test another one off,” he said.

Despite growing concern in Seoul, a U.S. research group this week said there is “little evidence” North Korea will conduct a nuclear test during President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Seoul.
South Korea said this week it detected increased activity at the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, suggesting an underground test could be imminent.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Korean service.

Pakistan Fires Nuclear Capable Missile

Pakistan test-fires nuke-capable missile
 
This handout photograph released by Pakistan
This handout photograph released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) office, shows a Hatf III, (Ghaznavi) short range ballistic missile launched from an undisclosed location in Pakistan on May 10, 2012.
 
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:12PM

The military said in a statement that the missile codenamed ‘Ghaznavi’ was launched from an undisclosed location on Tuesday and has a range of 290 kilometers.

Army spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa also said the test was conducted during a field training exercise supervised by top military commanders.

“The test-firing was another milestone which has further strengthened the defense potential of Pakistan,” media outlets quoted the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Rashad Mahmood as saying.

Pakistani military routinely test various missiles to match those of India.

Pakistani authorities have frequently reiterated that nuclear deterrence is the basis of the country’s security policy and that they have no intention of using the missiles aggressively.

India and Pakistan have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998. The two neighbors have engaged in an arms race since the partition of Pakistan from India in 1947.

Both neighbors have refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other international regulatory pacts that restrict developing or testing nuclear weapons.

India considers the NPT as discriminatory, while Pakistan has indicated that it will not join the international treaty until its neighbor does so.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars with its nuclear-armed neighbor India since their independence from Britain in 1947.

JR/PR/SL