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North Korea Announces Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

North Korea announced Wednesday it has successfully tested a minaturized hydrogen bomb.

“The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016,” a news anchor announced on North Korean state television.

So far there has been no independent confirmation of the news; but if confirmed, this will be North Korea’s fourth nuclear test since 2006. The country apparently also tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile late last month, South Korean officials told the BBC. This test was also a followup to a similar test performed in May 2015.

Prior to the test, North Korean media broadcast a statement contending Pyongyang “deserved to hold nuclear weapons … to counter nuclear threats by the United States.”

A new threat to the United States and others The ability to launch a missile from a submarine radically changes the warning time of an attack for residents of the U.S. West Coast, among others.

It also changes the calculation of military response – not only for the United States, but for all Western nations considered “enemies” of North Korea.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter of a quake was detected at 10:00 Pyongyang time (01:30 GMT) in the northeast of the country.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already called it a “serious threat to the safety of his nation” and said flatly that it could not be tolerated.

South Korea warned it is a “serious challenge to global peace,” adding that it also a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Wednesday’s test was expected to prompt worldwide condemnation and possibly economic and political sanctions, which followed the nuclear test in 2013.

More powerful than an atomic bomb A hydrogen bomb is more powerful than the standard atomic bomb, such as that which was used by the United States at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The weapon was first developed by the U.S. in 1952, and packs more explosive power for far less weight. Powered by nuclear fission, such a bomb involves fusion of lighter elements – hydrogen isotopes — into heavier elements that form a chain reaction.

Also known as a thermo-nuclear bomb, an H-bomb has less radioactive fallout. Another advantage of the H-bomb is that it is much smaller than an atomic bomb – it can be as small as a few feet in length.

North Korea shares with Iran Hydrogen bombs can be fit into warheads on ballistic missiles.

This is precisely the problem with North Korea, which has been testing its latest ballistic missile.

An additional problem is North Korea’s willingness to share its nuclear technology with Iran.

In the past, North Korea has also shared its weaponry with Syria. Some of those weapons have found their way to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

New danger to the Middle East A new danger now exists, resulting from the capture by Da’esh (ISIS) of territory from Hezbollah and other fighters supporting the Syrian regime.

In this manner, Da’esh has already begun to build its air force with the equipment of other nations, including Iraq, Syria, Russia and the U.S.

North Korea has in the past shared its nuclear technology, and some of its nuclear hardware, with Syria. It is unclear what – if anything – is still left from that era in the region; but whatever is there will be collected by Da’esh.

Whatever North Korea chooses to share with Iran and its proxy terror groups going forward may also eventually find its way to Da’esh as well.

Did the H-bomb pass the test? It is not clear whether North Korea’s test was successful or not this time around, regardless of what its government announced.

Hana Levi Julian

North Korea Builds New Long-Range Missile Launch Tower

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

North Korea has built a new, taller missile launch tower at its missile base, a South Korean news agency reports.

The construction of the 67-meter (220-ft) tower is apparently intended to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party on October 10.

“Our assessment is that the North will use the newly upgraded Tongchang-ri (missile) launch pad to launch a long-range missile larger than Unha-3,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying today (Wednesday, July 22).

North Korea fired the Unha-3 long-range rocket in a 2012 launch from a base near its west coast. That launch that was considered successful in putting an object into space, according to Yonhap.

The United Nations Security Council, however, has banned North Korea from conducting tests using ballistic missile technology.

North Korea has repeatedly ignored those resolutions, defying international warnings and sanctions to pursue missile and nuclear programs in much the same manner as the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two countries have strong ties and share nuclear technology.

At present, North Korea is believed to be is working to miniaturize a nuclear warhead, and also to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). However, it is believed the latter effort is still years away from deployment, Reuters reports.

Hana Levi Julian

Former Saudi Ambassador to US: Gulf States Willing to Attack Iran

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A Saudi prince’s reaction to the nuclear agreement with Iran makes last week’s White House’s rosy spin of official reaction by Saudi Arabia to “ObamaDeal” look like an act that should never have gone on stage.

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Ambassador to the United States, warned that the nuclear agreement with Iran “will wreak havoc in the Middle East” and that Gulf Powers are willing to attack Iranian nuclear sites, even if the United States is not interested.

One of King Salman’s first actions after taking the throne earlier this year was to yank Prince Bandar off the National Security Council, but he still is an advisor and an important voice, one that totally contradicts what President Barack Obama would like people to believe about Riyadh’s reaction the nuclear agreement.

White House Press Secretary, after a meeting between Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and President Obama, glossed over Saudi skepticism of ObamaDeal and blah-blahed “about the important bilateral relationship that exists between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”

Believe that and then believe that President Obama has “an unbreakable bond with Israel.”

Prince Bandar’s comments to Beirut Daily Star and also reported by the Times of London were the first public criticism from Saudi Arabia, and he was straight to the point.

He warned that ObamaDeal will “wreak havoc” and then bluntly asserted:

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf powers are prepared to take military action without American support after the Iran nuclear deal

Prince Bandar is not a small voice. He was ambassador to Washington for 20 years, and MRC TV noted that it is unlikely that he would have conducted a major newspaper interview without King Salman’s blessing.
The prince’s view of the Obama administration sounds like Israel’s when it comes to relying on the United States.

“People in my region now are relying on God’s will, and consolidating their local capabilities and analysis with everybody else except our oldest and most powerful ally,” Prince Bandar told the Beirut newspaper.

He was even more candid in an article he wrote for the London-based Arabic news Web site Elaph, where he compared ObamaDeal with Bill Clinton’s agreement with North Korea, which supposedly would keep its word and not develop a nuclear bomb.

But Prince Bandar can forgive Clinton because “it turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong and there was a major intelligence failure,” according to translation of interview provided by The Washington Post.

He said that he is “absolutely confident he would not have made that decision” if he had all the facts.
Prince Bandar said the case of Iran is different because:

The strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information, and America’s allies in the region’s intelligence all predict not only the same outcome of the North Korean nuclear deal but worse – with the billions of dollars that Iran will have access to.

He quoted a phrase first made by Henry Kissinger: America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.”

It sounds like Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the same page.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

The Good Deal

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

We’ve shown this video in the past, but it still remains incredibly relevant, especially this week.

Video of the Day

Israel Has 80 Nuclear Warheads, Says Swiss Research Unit

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Israel has 80 nuclear warheads, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said Monday in a report that estimated the world’s number of warheads fell from 22,600 to 15,850 since 2010.

Most of the drop is due to a reduction in stockpiles in Russia and the United States, it reported. However, the Institute also pointed to “extensive and expensive long-term modernization programs” in both countries.

SIPRI researcher Shannon Kile said in a statement:

Despite renewed international interest in prioritizing nuclear disarmament, the modernization programs under way in the nuclear weapon-possessing states suggests that none of them will give up their nuclear arsenals in the foreseeable future.

The 1968 Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty recognizes three other countries as legally armed with nuclear warheads — China with 260, France with 300 Britain with 215.

Israel, whose policy of “ambiguity” does not admit or deny the presence of nuclear warheads, formerly was estimated by other sources to have at least 200 nuclear warheads.

SIPRI estimates that India has 90-100 warheads and that Pakistan has 100-120 warheads.

North Korea, where the Institute said it was difficult to access “technical progress,” was estimated to have 6-8 warheads.
It added that its estimates are not as reliable for Russia and China as they are for the United States.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

“Iran Satellite Linked to ICBMs with Nukes’ – Fox News

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Iran launched in February a satellite with technology that could “contribute” to the development of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, Fox News reported.

The report was based on a U.N. panel of experts, which said that Iran intends to launch three more satellites by next March.

A variant of the 1,000-mile range Shabib-3 missile, which is believed to be able to carry a nuclear weapon, was used to launch the satellite

The negotiations between the Obama administration and other P5+1 countries with Iran over its nuclear program do not deal with the ICBMs.

If Iran were to agree and abide by terms of a final agreement, its ICBM program would continue unabated and could allow the Islamic Republic to attack Israel with a nuclear weapon procured from another country, such as North Korea.

Fox News noted that the U.N. panel concluded from an earlier report that a previous satellite launch “was related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons,” in violation of U.N. sanctions.

President Barack Obama is trying to assure Americans, and Israelis, that Iran will not violate terms of the final deal that is supposed to be concluded by the end of this month.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Report: Islamic State Excavating Destroyed Syrian Nuclear Site

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Syrian residents from villages near the destroyed Syrian nuclear site, Al-Kibar, around 60 kilometers from Deir A-Zor report that members of Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh) have been excavating the destroyed Syrian secret nuclear facility.

Syrian Rebels took over the area from Assad’s forced in 2013, and a year later, Islamic State took it over from the Syrian Rebels.

Residents who visited the area also report seeing empty metal barrels, and are now afraid that more radioactive material has been released.

Islamic State may be looking for radioactive materials to make a dirty bomb, or perhaps they may even believe they might find a nuclear bomb underneath the rubble.

In 2007, the Israeli Air Force destroyed the secret Syrian nuclear facility in Operation Orchard, after which the Assad regime quickly removed much of the dirt from the site, and then replaced it, covering it over with tons of new dirt, to hide the facility’s purpose from international inspectors.

At the time, the Syrian regime used civilian vehicles to remove the dirt.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was finally able to confirm in 2011 that the Al-Kibar site was a secret nuclear facility.

In 2009, Germany’s Defense Minister, Hans Ruhle, said that Iran had financed the construction of the nuclear reactor in Syria, and North Korea was supplying the construction material, at a cost of between $1 billion to $2 billion.

The CIA has also said it was a nuclear facility built for military purposes.

Assuming the local reports are true, this is disturbing.

H/T NZIV/Rotter

Jewish Press News Briefs

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