Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Here We Are: Talk Of World War III And Nuclear Conflict"; Situation Updates

"Here We Are: Talk Of World War III And Nuclear Conflict"
by Michael Snyder

"In response to persistent threats from the Trump administration, the North Koreans are promising that they will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons if they are attacked by the U.S. military. In particular, an article that was just published in North Korea’s official state newspaper says that U.S bases “in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland“ would be targeted.

Most analysts do not believe that North Korea has any missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland, so that is probably an empty threat, but they can definitely hit Seoul, Tokyo and all U.S. military bases in South Korea and Japan. And even if the U.S. was able to locate and take out all North Korean nukes in an overwhelming first strike, the North Koreans would still have thousands of artillery guns and rockets aimed at Seoul. Military analysts in the western world have estimated that North Korea could fire off up to half a million rounds within one hour of being attacked, and the devastation that such a barrage would cause in Seoul would be beyond anything that we have ever seen in the modern world.

Personally, I have come to the conclusion that it is going to be nearly impossible to conduct a conventional military assault on North Korea that does not result in an absolutely catastrophic death toll.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump appears determined to do something anyway. A couple of days ago we learned that he “has ordered his military advisers to be ready with a list of options to smash North Korea’s nuclear threat”, and on Tuesday he told the world that the U.S would “solve the problem” whether China helps or not: "Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished ally and neighbor, said in a tweet that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and the United States would “solve the problem” with or without Beijing’s help."

Just like he did with Syria, Trump’s words have now committed us to taking military action in North Korea. Let us hope that any military action is delayed for as long as possible, but it is definitely alarming that Trump boasted to the Fox Business Network about the “very powerful” naval armada that is sailing toward North Korea right now“We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network. “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.” Meanwhile, it is being reported that the Chinese have deployed 150,000 troops to their border with North Korea as they continue to warn both sides against taking military action.

Over in the Middle East, things continue to get even more tense as well. Russia and Iran have pledged to “respond with force” to any additional U.S. attacks, but the Trump administration is not showing any signs of backing down. In fact, White House press secretary Sean Spicer has substantially lowered the threshold for more military conflict by suggesting that the use of “barrel bombs” may be enough to justify another attack. Considering the fact that everyone in the Syrian civil war has been regularly using barrel bombs for many years and that approximately 13,000 were used in 2016 alone, it is very alarming for Spicer to say such a thing.

On Tuesday, Trump told the American people that “we’re not going into Syria”, but what happens if he orders another missile strike and the Russians and Iranians respond by shooting down some U.S. aircraft or by sinking an entire aircraft carrier? I can guarantee you that members of Congress from both parties will be absolutely screaming for war if CNN starts endlessly playing footage of a U.S. aircraft carrier sinking after it has been struck by the Russians or by the Iranians.

We are so close to World War III erupting in the Middle East, and there was no need for the U.S. to get involved in the first place. According to former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, evidence continues to mount that Assad had absolutely nothing to do with the chemical attack that Trump got so upset about: "Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer and director of the Council for the National Interest, stated on the Scott Horton show that “military and intelligence personnel” in the Middle East, who are “intimately familiar” with the intelligence, call the allegation that Assad or Russia carried out the attack a “sham.”

Giraldi said the intelligence confirms the Russian account, “which is that they [attacking aircraft] hit a warehouse where al-Qaeda rebels were storing chemicals of their own and it basically caused an explosion that resulted in the casualties.” Moreover, Giraldi noted, “Assad had no motive for doing this.”

I did not expect that we would be on the verge of World War III less than three months into the Trump administration, but here we are.”
Related:
"UPDATE 12:20 PM EDT - China has now officially notified ALL of its military districts to "be prepared to move to the border of North Korea." Chinese media is telling their public that the Korean peninsula is "closer to war than at any time since 2006."

At a Press Conference in Japan today, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Kan made clear the Japanese Government is keeping close ties with the United States and South Korea in connection with the fact that the American Trump regime shows a posture not to exclude the use of force against North Korea.  He also made clear to Japanese nationals residing on the Korean peninsula that the Japan Government will evacuate Japanese nationals from South Korea if  necessary.

UPDATE 2:53 PM EDT - Foreign journalists inside North Korea have been told by the government their Thursday scheduled is Canceled, and instead, they must be "ready to go at 6:20 AM" when they will all be brought to a "Big Event." They were also told "no cell phones."  No word on what the "big event" may be but many experts believe North Korea intends to detonate another nuclear bomb as a test. If that happens, it appears the United States will attack.

UPDATE 3:34 PM EDT - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang today urged both sides to lower the tension, warning that the situation has now become “very dangerous."

UPDATE 7:54 PM EDT - "SATELLITE images show “high levels” of activity at North Korea’s nuclear site. The chilling images reveal “unusually high levels of activity” at Kim Jong-un’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Experts say the images could mean a nuclear test is “imminent” as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for North Korea to destroy its nuclear arsenal.

UPDATE 8:08 PM EDT - South Korea army put on high alert condition as North Korea starts air-raid siren tests in PyongYang. NorthKorea has called on foreign citizens in South Korea to consider evacuating “situation is inching close to a thermonuclear war.”

UPDATE 9:28 PM EDT - The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier Strike Group is now "on-station" and ready for action in the western Pacific (read North Korea)

UPDATE 9:48 PM EDT - Foreign media inside N.Korea have been put on buses & their phones have been confiscated. They have been issued 'PRESS' armbands and told they are being taken to a "major event."  No further details about this "major event." Speculation is that they are being brought to the area of the pending nuclear bomb test. If that's true, their trip will take about 7.5 hours. The North Korea nuclear testing site is  656 km North East of Pyongyang, 121 km east of the Chinese border, and around 400 km south west of the Russian border. If it is true that the reporters are being taken to the nuclear test site some 8 hours away, we have decided to HALT updates to this article as of 10:00 PM EDT and will publish a new story as developments require."
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