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  • US Raises Nuclear Alert To DEFCON 3: China Mobilizes, Masses Troops On North Korean Border (Debka)

    04/12/2013 10:12:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | April 12, 2013, 8:59 AM
    Friday, April 12, the US raised its nuclear alert status to DEFCON 3, Condition Yellow (out of 5 levels), stating “There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time, however the situation is considered fluid and can change rapidly.” Many believe that North Korea will launch their test missile on or about April 15. Japan has instructed its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile that heads toward its territory. Contrary to comments from the White House Thursday, the Pentagon reported that “North Korea probably has nuclear weapons that can be mounted on...
  • Lawmaker drops bombshell: North Korea may have nuclear missiles

    04/11/2013 5:02:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 4/11/13 | Anna Mulrine, Staff writer
    The results of a classified Defense Intelligence Agency report indicate that “North Korea now has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.” That was the bombshell out of a House Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday. It came when Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) of Colorado began quoting from what he said was an unclassified version of the DIA report, which has not yet been made public.
  • US denies report North Korea already has nuclear missile capability

    04/11/2013 8:24:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    TelegraphUK ^ | 4:06AM BST 12 Apr 2013 | Raf Sanchez, Washington
    "While I cannot speak to all the details of a report that is classified in its entirety, it would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed, or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage," said George Little, the Pentagon spokesman. The US denial was followed quickly by the South Korean defence ministry, which said the North had still not developed a warhead small enough to place on top of a a missile. "Our military's assessment is that the North has not yet miniaturised," ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a news briefing....
  • Fox News: North Korea Capable of Arming Missile With Nuclear Warhead, According to Pentagon

    04/11/2013 8:20:30 PM PDT · by drewh · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published April 11, 2013
    A U.S. intelligence report concludes that North Korea has advanced its nuclear knowhow to the point that it could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, a jarring revelation in the midst of bellicose threats from the unpredictable communist regime. President Barack Obama urged calm, calling on Pyongyang to end its saber-rattling while sternly warning that he would "take all necessary steps" to protect American citizens. The new American intelligence analysis, disclosed Thursday at a hearing on Capitol Hill, says the Pentagon's intelligence wing has "moderate confidence" that North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles...
  • South Korea says North wants rocket for nuclear weapon

    03/19/2012 12:14:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:29am EDT | Jeremy Laurence
    South Korea on Monday condemned rival North Korea's planned rocket launch as a "grave provocation", saying it was a disguised attempt to develop a long-range ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Seoul also extended a security alert in the capital, and said it was concerned the North might follow the ballistic missile launch with another nuclear test. The North announced on Friday it would put a satellite into orbit next month barely two weeks after reaching an agreement with Washington to suspend long-range missile launches as part of a deal to restart food aid. "Our government defines North Korea's...
  • N.Korea's nuclear threat reaches "alarming level": official

    10/06/2010 11:22:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Space Daily via AFP ^ | 10/6/2010 | Space Daily via AFP
    North Korea's nuclear programme has reached a "very alarming level" and could cause havoc in South Korea if Pyongyang develops smaller mobile weapons, a senior Seoul presidential aide says. "North Korea's nuclear threat has progressed at a rapid pace and reached a very alarming level, while the nuclear programmes are evolving even now," JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted Kim Tae-Hyo as telling a forum Tuesday. Kim, the president's deputy national security adviser, confirmed the comments to AFP Wednesday. The aide said Pyongyang was believed to be operating all its nuclear programmes, including the Yongbyon nuclear reactor which produces weapons-grade plutonium, and...
  • India tests nuclear-capable missile: official

    05/17/2010 1:58:31 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 271+ views
    AFP via Google News ^ | 5/17/2010 | AFP via Google News
    The Indian military successfully tested a nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile off its eastern coast on Monday, a defence official said. The surface-to-surface Agni-II, which can deliver a nuclear warhead to targets within a range of 2,500 kilometres (1,560 miles), was fired from a mobile rail launcher on Wheeler Island off the coast of Orissa state. The Agni-II has already been inducted into the services and Monday's "user test" was carried out by the army's Strategic Forces Command. "The user trial of the missile was successful and matched all mission objectives," said S.P. Dash, the director of the test range. It...
  • China Has A Better Way

    01/13/2010 10:48:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 470+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 01/13/2010 | The Strategy Page
    China has followed a different path in developing strategic weapons. It hasn't. Although the technology was available from Russia, China has, instead, concentrated on creating more accurate, and cheaper, shorter range weapons. This appears to be in recognition of the fact that a war involving nuclear armed ICBMs would be a losing proposition, with no winners. This would be especially true against the United States. In effect, China has dropped out that arms race. With only a few dozen ICBMs, none of which can reach all of the United States, China sees most of the long range ballistic missiles it...
  • 'Matter of time' before N.Korea miniaturises nuke: report

    12/20/2009 11:54:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 305+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/20/2009 | AFP via Space War
    North Korea will eventually be able to make a nuclear warhead small enough to fit in a missile, a news report said Sunday. Seoul's Yonhap news agency, citing the state-run Korea Institute for Defence Analyses (KIDA), said Pyongyang developing the technology to achieve miniaturisation was inevitable. "It is believed that North Korea has not completed the technology for the miniaturisation... of nuclear warheads," KIDA said in a report to be issued in January, according to Yonhap. But KIDA said it is "just a matter of time", noting the country has a high-explosives test site and an estimated 3,000 nuclear scientists...
  • Iran Positions Israel In Its Cross Hairs

    11/06/2009 5:10:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,159+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 6, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Mideast: Iran tests an advanced warhead design as it gets caught shipping weapons to Hezbollah. Syria is reported to give the group operational control over Scud missiles. It's five minutes to midnight. Tyranny abhors a vacuum. While the U.S. and the West dither in Hamlet-like fashion over whatever we shall do in places such as Afghanistan and Iran, the Axis of Evil is in full swing in its plans to destroy Israel and threaten Europe and America. Israel last week seized what it said was the largest arms cache ever intercepted in the region. Israeli navy commandos boarded the Francop,...
  • Pentagon Misses Warhead Retirement Deadline

    10/17/2009 12:54:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 836+ views
    Security Blog ^ | 10/13/2009 | By Hans M. Kristensen
    The Pentagon has missed the deadline set by the 2001 Nuclear Posture Review for the retirement of the W62 nuclear warhead. Retirement of the warhead, which arms a portion of the 450 U.S. Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, was scheduled for completion in Fiscal Year 2009, which ended on September 30th. But the Department of Defense has been unable to confirm the warhead has been retired, saying instead earlier today: “The retirement of the W62 is progressing toward completion.” The 2001 Nuclear Posture Review decided that, “the W62 will be retired by the end of Fiscal Year 2009.” The schedule...
  • MOP + UON Spells Trouble For Iran

    10/08/2009 5:40:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,228+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • MOP + UON Spell Trouble For Iran (Will U.S. Bomb, Bomb Iran?)

    10/08/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 8, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • Bust Iran's Bunkers

    08/03/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,355+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: As the failure of engagement with Iran grows more apparent, the administration that has talked very softly may be getting the mother of all sticks ready. Guess we need high-tech Cold War weapons after all.Western intelligence sources have told London's Times that Iran has perfected the means to develop and detonate a nuclear bomb and is merely awaiting word from its supreme leader to produce its first one. Should the order be given, it would take just six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. Time's up. Recently, and perhaps not coincidentally, Defense...
  • Iran Is Ready To Build An N-bomb - It Is Just Waiting For The Ayatollah's Order

    08/02/2009 6:07:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 684+ views
    London Times ^ | August 02, 2009
    August 3, 2009 Iran is ready to build an N-bomb - it is just waiting for the Ayatollah's order James Hider, Richard Beeston in Tel Aviv and Michael Evans, Defence Editor Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times. The sources said that Iran completed a research programme to create weaponised uranium in the summer of 2003 and that it could feasibly make a bomb within a year of an order...
  • False Choices at the Nuclear Weapons Complex:

    06/05/2009 11:03:50 AM PDT · by Freeport · 2 replies · 334+ views
    defence-aerospace.com ^ | May 29, 2009 | The Project on Government Oversight
    Today, the Los Angeles Times published a story about how the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that the "first refurbished W76 nuclear warhead had been accepted into the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile by the Navy," when in fact no delivery was ever made to the Navy. POGO alerted the Times about the story because the NNSA was (mis)using the example of the W76 to promote itself. In March of this year, NNSA's Deputy Administrator boasted of the refurbished W76: "This is another great example of the unsurpassed expertise throughout NNSA's national security enterprise." In fact, it was the NNSA's...
  • India tests nuclear-capable missile

    04/15/2009 12:24:52 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 428+ views
    Ap via Breitbart ^ | Apr 15, 2009 | (Kyodo)
    India successfully tested Wednesday its surface-to-surface nuclear warhead-capable ballistic missile "Prithvi-II" off the coast of Orissa State,
  • NNSA Faulted On Warhead Safety, Production Issues

    12/05/2008 7:44:44 AM PST · by Freeport · 6 replies · 297+ views
    Defense Daily ^ | December 5, 2008 | George Lobsenz
    Despite a 2003 commitment to fix the problem, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) still cannot assure that it is carrying out corrective actions to address nuclear warhead anomalies that may significantly affect the safety, security and reliability of the nation's stockpile, according to the Energy Department's inspector general. The findings follow two other recent reports by Inspector General Gregory Friedman reflecting internal allegations or disagreements among officials at DoE's Sandia National Laboratories over safety and quality assurance issues related to the nation's stockpile. In one case, the inspector general suggested top DoE officials had not been fully informed of...
  • NKorea may already have nuclear warheads: ex-CIA official (missile-capable)

    09/26/2008 10:02:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 549+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/27/08
    NKorea may already have nuclear warheads: ex-CIA official 11 hours ago TOKYO (AFP) — North Korea has likely mastered the technology for arming its missiles with nuclear warheads, a former US intelligence official said Friday. "The fact that they have a warhead that's fitable to the Rodong (ballistic missile) is pretty much given," said Arthur Brown, who until 2005 was National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "We (the United States) went from nothing to missile capable in seven years. The Russians went from their first test to missile capable in six... Why do...
  • Iranians Steal German Warhead Technology

    02/13/2006 4:12:25 PM PST · by strategofr · 12 replies · 798+ views
    strategy page ^ | February 13, 2006
    Germany has arrested two of its citizens and charged them with helping Iran obtain German technology needed to build nuclear warheads for ballistic missiles. A Russian and a North Korean were also accused of helping the Germans. While little discussed in the media, the warhead for a nuclear missile is one of the more difficult bits of technology to develop. A nuclear weapon is a precision machine, containing many complex electronic, mechanical and chemical components. The ballistic missile basically carries the warhead outside the earth's atmosphere, and then sends it back ("reentry") at speeds in excess of 20,000 kilometers an...
  • Relying on Computer, U.S. Seeks to Prove Iran's Nuclear Aims

    11/12/2005 11:56:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 799+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2005 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
    In mid-July, senior American intelligence officials called the leaders of the international atomic inspection agency to the top of a skyscraper overlooking the Danube in Vienna and unveiled the contents of what they said was a stolen Iranian laptop computer. The Americans flashed on a screen and spread over a conference table selections from more than a thousand pages of Iranian computer simulations and accounts of experiments, saying they showed a long effort to design a nuclear warhead, according to a half-dozen European and American participants in the meeting. The documents, the Americans acknowledged from the start, do not prove...
  • Sankei, "N. Korea to Provide Nuclear Warhead Info to a Mid-East Country"(Iran?)

    09/15/2005 4:04:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 725+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/15/05
    /begin my translationSankei, "N. Korea to Provide Nuclear Warhead Info to a Mid-East Country" Tokyo, Yonhap News 2005/09/15N. Korean military is dead set against 6-party talks, and is still passing to a friendly Mid-East country (technical) information on (miniaturized) nuclear warhead for ballistic missiles, according to a report by Sankei Shimbun (of Japan,) dispatched from Beijing on Sept. 15 (2005.) Sankei quoted an intelligence source, which said that, for more than a year, a senior figure of N. Korean military has been passing data on their implosion device of nuclear warhead to a military attache at the embassy of the Mid-East country in Pyongyang.  The source claimed, "N. Korea would not (ordinarily) share...
  • Cruise Missile Technology Leaked from Iran to N. Korea? (entire Japan could be within range)

    06/26/2005 5:06:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 992+ views
    Sankei Shimbun ^ | 06/26/05
    /begin my translation Cruise Missile Technology Leaked from Iran to N. Korea? Entire Japan Could be Within RangeFormer Ukrainian regime sold it (to Iran)Sankei Shimbun 2005/06/26 morning issue A speculation arose on June 25 that the technology of long-range cruise missile, Kh-55, sold to Iran by former Ukrainian regime under Kuchma, was transferred to N. Korea. Multiple sources from (Japanese) government and the ruling party admitted it. Kh-55 can mount nuclear warhead, and, if N. Korea deploys it, the entire Japan would be within range. (Japanese) government is stepping up to improve missile defense(MD) against N. Korean ballistic missiles, but it cannot...
  • Nuclear Warhead Study Aims at Buried Targets

    03/15/2002 11:06:02 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 365+ views
    Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that $10 million is being spent this year on a study of whether an existing nuclear warhead can be modified for use as an earth-penetrating weapon to destroy hardened underground targets. "This is a modification of a weapon . . . not the development of a new warhead," Abraham said. He said the Pentagon is also studying whether there are new ways to attack bunkers and other hardened targets with conventional weapons. Abraham assured the panel that no work is being done "at this point" on a new low-yield...