Skip to comments.US Raises Nuclear Alert To DEFCON 3: China Mobilizes, Masses Troops On North Korean Border (Debka)
Posted on 04/12/2013 10:12:57 AM PDT by drewh
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 ballistic missiles. This is a very significant admission by the United States and a dangerous change to the Korean situation.
China has mobilized its military and is massing near the border with North Korea.
This step was taken after North Korea placed a mid-range Musudan missile ready to launch on its east coast and its dedication of more facilities at the Yongbon complex to nuclear weapons work.
According to some sources in Washington, the Chinese military mobilization is not directed at deterring Pyongyang but as support for North Koreas steps.
Late Thursday, Representative Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, made a disquieting disclosure. He quoted an excerpt from a Defense Intelligence Agency report expressing moderate confidence in the finding that North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles whose reliability will be low.
This disclosure raised a furor in the United States, bringing forth a White House response.
The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, released a statement saying that the assessment did not represent a consensus of the nations intelligence community [16 agencies in all] and that North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed missile.
Pentagon press secretary George Little backed him up by saying: 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.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Seoul Friday. After meeting South Korean leaders, he travels next to Beijing and Tokyo.
In his first comment on the Korean crisis, President Barack Obama said Thursday that now is the time for North Korea to end its belligerence.
He said the United States will take all necessary steps to protect its people. But Obama also says that no one wants to see a conflict on the Korean Peninsula and would explore all diplomatic options for resolving the crisis.
Obama spoke alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the two met in the Oval Office.
He continued, "I'll fill you in after my golf game".
Jimmy. Pack your bags.
When was the last time that the DEFCON level was raised?
China is now SUPPORTING this nutjob??
We have Obama as president,what could go wrong?.
So by blurting out that info (accidently), we've helped Kim with his "let's make a deal" bid.
For once Debka buries the lede, the Chinese are now apparently encouraging the madman...
Debka?....Then it MUST BE TRUE!.......
The Chinese pull Kim’s strings.
US Raises Nuclear Alert to DEFCON 3 For First Time Since 9/11.
Thanks. That’s what I figured. Congrats to Obama for blowing the 12 year streak we had going...
Defcon 3? Over N. Korea???
Couldn’t we just find a large fly-swatter?
Obama nad his brood are too busy skiing on our dime in Sun Valley to care.
China has ALWAYS supported this nutjob family and there’s plenty of reason for them to support them now. The last thing China wants is a unified, free, Korea.
They may be getting ready to jerk this idiot's chain, big time. OR they may be getting ready to help defend NK in case of an invasion or retaliation by SK, Japan, et al. If the former, they might remove the dunce from his throne and install a more pliant puppet with a better disposition. If the latter, then all they have to do is enter the country and dare the west to attack.......
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