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  • Obama administration knew about North Korea's miniaturized nukes

    08/11/2017 9:35:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-9-17 | Fred Fleitz
    Tuesday's bombshell Washington Post story that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has determined North Korea is capable of constructing miniaturized nuclear weapons that could be used as warheads for missiles – possibly ICBMs – left out a crucial fact: DIA actually concluded this in 2013.  The Post also failed to mention that the Obama administration tried to downplay and discredit this report at the time. During an April 11, 2013, House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., inadvertently revealed several unclassified sentences from a DIA report that said DIA had determined with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has...
  • China Unveils New Ballistic Missile Capable Of Hitting Taiwan, US Bases In Asia

    02/06/2017 10:53:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/06/2017
    Two weeks after China allegedly unveiled a new ICBM system "in response to Trump's provocative remarks", a report which however was subsequently denied by Chinese officials, China had no qualms about revealing another highly accurate ballistic missile in recent Rocket Force drills, which is capable of threatening not only Taiwan and the contested South China Sea islands, but also U.S. and Japanese bases in Asia.As AP reports, the medium-range DF-16 featured in a video posted last week on the Defense Ministry's website showing the missiles aboard their 10-wheeled mobile launch vehicles being deployed in deep forest during exercises over...
  • Khamenei: Missiles are the key to Iran’s future

    It's a great time to be a despotic tyrant who threatens your neighbors. And as Khamenei knows, to be quite open about it. Who's going to do anything? Who would be enough of a fool to think that anyone with real power in Iran thought otherwise? Oh. Right. As always, beware of media characterizations that pretend this or that Iranian official is “moderate” or “more moderate” or whatever. They’re grading on a pretty radical curve when they tell you that, but it’s irrelevant at any rate. Only the mullahas have real power in Iran, and lest you have any doubt...
  • Iran’s Free Hand in Testing Dangerous Ballistic Missiles

    03/14/2016 5:48:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/14/16 | Joseph Klein
    Thanks to the Obama administration, Iran presently has a free hand to develop and test ballistic missiles capable of nuclear weapons along any pathway of attack it chooses The United Nations Security Council met in an “emergency” closed door session on Monday March 14th to discuss Iran’s recent testing of ballistic missiles reportedly designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. The words “Israel must be wiped out” were written in Hebrew on the side of the missiles. These most recent tests followed in the wake of missile tests conducted last fall, which the Security Council did nothing about at...
  • North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles: South Korea

    03/09/2016 9:56:26 PM PST · by JPX2011 · 75 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 9, 2016 | Stella Kim
    North Korea fired two ballistic missiles Thursday morning, a South Korean military official said, in the latest controversial move amid U.S.-South Korean military drills that have angered the rogue state. The two missiles flew about 310 miles at about 5:20 a.m. (3:20 p.m. Wednesday ET) and were fired from North Korea's northern shore, the military official said. Analysts said they were Scud-type missiles. The apparent launch comes after heated rhetoric from North Korea in recent days that has included threats of a preemptive nuclear strike.
  • Obama: another Iranian ballistic missile test should have "no effect" on our deal

    12/08/2015 10:03:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I wonder if all the attention being paid to ISIS these days has the Iranians feeling a bit left out of the international headlines? While everyone else was busy delving into the affairs in Paris and San Bernardino, Iran took the opportunity to test fire another Ghadr-110 ballistic missile, a model allegedly capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and with a range sufficient to hit anyone in the region. By all accounts, the test was a success. (Fox News) Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions,...
  • North Korea: Development of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Continues

    10/16/2015 7:26:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    38North ^ | 14 October 2015 | Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.
    North Korea: Development of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Continues By Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. 14 October 2015 Commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is continuing the development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at the Sinpo South Shipyard, including planning for a test of the vertical launch tube intended to fire the weapon. These developments may account for a CNN report on October 9—the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK)—that US officials believed the DPRK might conduct an SLBM test soon.
  • Iran to Flout UN Resolution, Hold Ballistic Missile Drills

    08/13/2015 7:24:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 8/13/2015, 4:22 PM | Ari Yashar
    Despite an annex in the UN adoption of the Iran nuclear deal calling on the Islamic regime to desist from nuclear-capable ballistic missile activity, Iran is planning to resume long-range ballistic missile drills in the coming months according to a key army commander. Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced on Thursday that six specialized military drills testing domestic rocketry are to be held by next March, reports the semi-official Fars News Agency. […] There has been a push in the Iranian parliament to resume ballistic missile drills following the nuclear deal as a show of force...
  • Zarif: Iran Achieved ‘Main Objectives’ in Nuke Deal; Ballistic Missile Activity Unconstrained

    07/22/2015 5:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 4:43 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Briefing the Iranian parliament Tuesday on the nuclear agreement reached with the U.S. and five other nations, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran had achieved its “main objectives” in the negotiations—“maintaining Iran’s dignity and might, establishing the nuclear program, [uranium] enrichment and retaining the heavy-water reactor.” The negotiators on the other side of the table, meanwhile, essentially achieved very little, he implied. Their main goal was to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but Iran had no intention from doing so in the first place, he said, pointing to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s purported “fatwa” outlawing them. Zarif also...
  • Missing From the Iran Deal Announcement: Ballistic Missiles

    04/03/2015 3:26:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 3, 2015 - 4:33 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program announced in Switzerland on Thursday has no direct reference to reining in Tehran’s ballistic missile activities, despite international concerns that the Iranians in past years carried out work relating to developing a nuclear payload for a missile. From the outset of the marathon nuclear talks, Iran refused to discuss its missile program, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ridiculing Western attempts to include it on the agenda as “stupid and idiotic.” Thursday’s joint statement by Iran and the P5+1 world powers, represented by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union (E.U.)...
  • N. Korea launches ballistic missile submarine: gov't sources

    11/01/2014 7:24:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/02
    N. Korea launches ballistic missile submarine: gov't sources 2014/11/02 08:00 SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has launched a new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles, military and government sources in Seoul said Sunday, raising further concerns over the North's evolving missile and nuclear threats. The communist country "imported a Soviet-era Golf-class diesel submarine and modified it," a government source said on condition of anonymity. The Soviet vessel was built in 1958 and decommissioned in 1990. "The new submarine is 67 meters long with a beam of 6.6 meters, and has a dived displacement in the 3,000-ton range," the...
  • China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile

    08/20/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 64 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 19, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. (please see article for full text)
  • Report: N. Korea Has Nuclear Warheads for Missiles

    05/05/2014 10:27:12 AM PDT · by mojito · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2014 | Bill Gertz
    North Korea has developed nuclear weapons capable of being launched on its ballistic missile forces, according to a new report by a defense analyst. The Obama administration is seeking to hide the fact that North Korea possesses nuclear missile warheads, according to a report by Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon strategic analyst and director for forces policy at the office of the secretary of defense. Schneider’s statement came in a report published April 28 in the journal Comparative Strategy. According to the 16-page report, “The North Korean Nuclear Threat to the United States,” the Defense Intelligence Agency stated in an...
  • 'Iran successfully launches satellite into orbit'

    06/15/2011 1:55:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/15/2011 | Yaakov Katz
    Iran increased its presence in space on Wednesday with the successful launch of a new satellite. Israel is concerned that Iran’s space program is cover for the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could one day carry nuclear warheads. Iran's Arabic language al-Alam television reported that a satellite called Rasad 1 – “Observation” in Farsi – was launched aboard an improved satellite launch vehicle and will be used for transmitting images and weather forecasts. The Rasad 1 is the second satellite Iran has launched into space. In February 2009, Iran launched the Omid – “Hope” in Farsi - satellite...
  • Chinese Succeed With SLBM Launch: The Week Ahead

    02/07/2011 10:14:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 44 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 2/6/2011 | Colin Clark
    Reports are swirling around that the People’s Liberation Army Navy has successfully tested Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles. If so, this achievement would represent an important advance in China’s strategic capabilities. Norman Polmar, the respected naval and intelligence author. mentioned this at a presentation Wednesday evening while discussing his new book, Project Azorian. Since then, we’ve been trying to get more details. Polmar says in an email that the missile test submarine is a Soviet-built Project 629/Golf diesel-electric submarine. The only public mention of this so far (in English) comes in a South Korean newspaper, the Chosun Ibo. This is what...
  • NATO Unites Against Iranian Missiles

    02/05/2011 9:35:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/5/2011 | The Strategy Page
    NATO has tweaked and tested its air defense systems to provide coordinated sensor (mainly radar) and control capabilities to support anti-missile missiles. The United States and several other nations have anti-aircraft missile systems that can also knock down ballistic missiles (mainly short range ones.) Now, the NATO air defense system can have additional anti-missile systems added, which the entire system able to coordinate defense against missile attack. The ultimate goal is to install American anti-missile systems capable of stopping longer range ballistic missiles, like those from Iran. This is expected to happen before the end of the decade, or sooner,...
  • Cables reveal US efforts to curb arms flow in Middle East

    12/07/2010 10:38:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/7/2010 | Michael R. Gordon and Andrew W. Lehren
    Just a week after President Bashar Assad of Syria assured a top State Department official his government was not sending sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah, the Obama administration lodged a confidential protest accusing Syria of doing precisely what it had denied doing. .“In our meetings last week it was stated that Syria is not transferring any ‘new’ missiles to Lebanese Hizballah,’’ noted a cable sent by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in February, using an alternative spelling for the militant group. “We are aware, however, of current Syrian efforts to supply Hizballah with ballistic missiles. I must stress that this...
  • Iran Fortifies Its Arsenal With the Aid of North Korea

    11/28/2010 6:31:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/28/2010 | William J. Broad, James Glanz and David E. Sanger.
    Secret American intelligence assessments have concluded that Iran has obtained a cache of advanced missiles, based on a Russian design, that are much more powerful than anything Washington has publicly conceded that Tehran has in its arsenal, diplomatic cables show. Iran obtained 19 of the missiles from North Korea, according to a cable dated Feb. 24 of this year. The cable is a detailed, highly classified account of a meeting between top Russian officials and an American delegation led by Vann H. Van Diepen, an official with the State Department’s nonproliferation division who, as a national intelligence officer several years...
  • Security Council finally gets experts report saying NKorea is exporting banned nuke technology

    11/11/2010 6:00:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Canadian Press via Google ^ | 11/11/2010 | Canadian Press via Google
    A report by U.N. experts saying North Korea is exporting banned nuclear and missile technology to Iran, Syria and Myanmar has been sent to the Security Council after China dropped its objections, U.N. diplomats said Wednesday. The findings by the seven-member panel monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea were first reported by The Associated Press in May. The panel's report was submitted to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang in early May but China, a close ally of North Korea, blocked its transmission to the full 15-member council, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because...
  • Air Force command brings focus to nuclear enterprise

    Over the past 15 months, Air Force officials have built from scratch a model new command that will sustain and modernize U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile wings and the nuclear-capable bomber fleet, said the general who leads the new command. "Some people have likened that to trying to build an airplane while actually having to fly it," Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz told a group of defense reporters here Nov. 9. "And at times, it has seemed like that to us."