UN Envoy Says North Korea Is Only "Months Away" From Striking US

A few weeks ago, we highlighted an interview given by CIA Director Mike Pompeo to "CBS This Morning" where he claimed that North Korea was "only a handful of months" from realizing the long-term goal of its nuclear weapons program: Developing a missile that could deliver a nuclear payload to the Continent US with a high degree of accuracy.

At the time, we cautioned that these remarks should be taken with a grain of salt, because Pompeo had repeated this same claim in the past.

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But today, the issue was raised again, when US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told a UN-sponsored disarmament forum that, by all reasonable intelligence accounts, the rogue state is mere months away from building an ICBM capable of striking anywhere within the Continental US.

To the objections of North Korean representatives, Wood demanded that the committee support the total and complete de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"North Korea has accelerated its provocative pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile capabilities, and expressed explicit threats to use nuclear weapons against the United States and its allies in the region," U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the Geneva forum.

"North Korean officials insist that they will not give up nuclear weapons, and North Korea may now be only months away from the capability to strike the United States with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles," he said.

A new U.S. nuclear policy review outlined last week “reaffirms that North Korea’s illicit nuclear program must be completely, verifiably, and irreversibly eliminated, resulting in a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons,” he said.

Predictably, the North Korean representatives at the meeting responded angrily, blaming Washington for escalating the conflict by holding military drills involving nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers in preparation for a preemptive strike.

“In view of the nature and scale of U.S. military reinforcements, they are designed to make a pre-emptive strike against the DPRK,” North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the talks, referring to his country’s official name the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“In view of the nature and scale of US military reinforcements, they are designed to make a pre-emptive strike against the DPRK,” North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the talks, referring to his country’s official name the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

When Woods was asked what the source was for his assessment, he said he had “no new information to share”.

Woods also accused the North of launching a deceptive "charm offensive" with their recent detente involving South Korea - including the two countries' decision to draft an inter-Korean women's ice hockey team.

Woods also pointed out that Russia, China and the North are all expanding their stockpiles, increasing the prominence of nuclear weapons in their security strategies.

“What I would call ‘the charm offensive’ frankly is fooling no one,” Wood told the talks.

He also said arsenals in China and Russia were expanding, drawing rebukes from their respective delegations.

“Russia, China and North Korea are growing their stockpiles, increasing the prominence of nuclear weapons in their security strategies, and - in some cases - pursuing the development of new nuclear capabilities to threaten other peaceful nations,” Wood said.

“We are not going to stick our head in the sand, we are going to respond to these growing challenges,” he later told reporters.

The US and the South have agreed to suspend their joint military exercises around the peninsula until after the Winter Games. Still, local security forces aren't ruling out the possibility of a North-Korean sponsored cyber attack.

 

Comments

Bud Dry Sir Edge Tue, 02/06/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

I was wondering when we'd get back to this.  He was just days from starting WWIII and then nothing and now it's back.  It's almost like they aren't even trying anymore.

 

I wonder what US city the govt will blow up to start this shit.

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peddling-fiction overbet Tue, 02/06/2018 - 19:36 Permalink

The MIC has changed its tune from only Terrorism to NK/China/Russia mean/bad/dangerous to justify military expenditure.

That is what this is about (for now).

Then there is Albert Pike and Mazzini writing about CW1, WW1, WW2, and yes, WW3.

http://www.threeworldwars.com/albert-pike2.htm

Boy have they delivered so far. Maybe CW2 is also an extra "gift" from the (((cheka))) that slaughtered 66M white and Christian Russians in Soviet times.

The gory and demonic details of this Kabbalistic blood sacrifice:

https://archive.org/details/UnderTheSignOfTheScorpion

Our last World War is missing, and coming up sooner than later.

It's for the children (theirs).

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giovanni_f Citxmech Wed, 02/07/2018 - 03:58 Permalink

there are three countries bordering North Korea which remain relatively calm. There is one far-away shithole country, beyond the great ocean, which - despite being armed up-to-the-teeth and belligerent beyond any reason since centuries - feels so terribly threatened that it is hellbent to risk a major nuclear event.

Now guess the name of that one shithole country.

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Parrotile Sir Edge Tue, 02/06/2018 - 19:48 Permalink

 I seem to remember Bibi saying Iraq was "only six months away from developing nuclear weapons", along with his "fake bomb" appearance, now the same suspect's going on ad nauseam about Iran and  their "imminent" nuclear capability.

Seems "Li'l Kim" has learned a LOT from Saddam's "unfortunate demise" (that would be the SAME Saddam Hussein as was "installed" by the CIA)

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east of eden DavidFL Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:05 Permalink

Yes, those Satan missiles are potent to be sure. Of course the US sub based missile fleet is potent as well, but. But, the US fleet will be 8,000 miles from home in the middle of the biggest shit show the world has ever seen. 

Sunburn anti-carrier missiles have a stated range of 800KM. Based on the way most countries manage their 'secret' information, you better believe that the real range is a lot further than 800KM. So, what is the US going to do? Park their carriers 1,000 KM's offshore and bring in 200 refuellers to fight with? This whole thing is putrid.

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east of eden pc_babe Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:14 Permalink

If you are having trouble reading and understanding things tonight, then I suggest you get off whatever you are on, and if you aren't on anything, then I suggest they send you back to kindergarten, for reprogramming.

You see, 'dear', the 'inferred' point was that in a declared war, it really doesn't matter where your resource are, they are all targets, and they will all be targets well within range of what the Chinese and Russians have. So, exactly why are you trying to stir up shit? You wouldn't be working for the Great Satan, would you?

Try and keep up.

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east of eden DavidFL Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

And nukes may not come by air, they may come in the form of the new 100 Megaton self-guiding torpedo that the Russians are bringing on stream. The last version had a 50 Megaton warhead, so they have doubled the size. In case you are wondering 'what' a 100 Megaton warhead means, well, the thing they dropped on Hiroshima was what, 10 Kilotons? So this warhead is 100,000 times the explosive force of Little Boy.

This thing is entirely solid fuelled, uses exhaust gases to cut the resistance in the water, can operate at 2,500 feet of depth, and has a range of 8,000 KM's, so a Russian sub can just sit off the coast of Iceland, launch it, and within 24 to 36 hours, Norfolk will be the biggest hole in the ground that anyone has ever seen. It can not be detected nor stopped. All they would need to do would be to direct one of those at the middle of the Atlantic Coast and it would be lights out for about 100 million people, probably more.

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ImGumbydmmt east of eden Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:14 Permalink

+1,000 

Eden Dude, that is by far THE BEST doom porn I have heard since, 2011!

Makes me giddly all over to think of the deep state swamp vaporized with zero advance warning and melting the super bunkers. We can only hope fallout finds its way all the way to the Arab Spring countries and cuts the jihady population by a 1/3 over the next 5 years.

Where can we start a petition to do this?

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Parrotile east of eden Tue, 02/06/2018 - 22:21 Permalink

The exhaust gas "bubble" technology dates back to the Shkval supercavitating torpedo - the downside of which was it was rather acoustically "noisy" (though amazingly fast). The "old" original version has been (or is being) withdrawn from service - no doubt because there are better versions available.

There has been some discussion (Russian-text only Regional newspapers) of the replacement being 2-stage, with a "conventional" (thus quiet) first stage, for covert launch and "placement", then use of the supercavitating stage for fast final attack. This would have the advantage of not disclosing the location of the launch platform (which was the big disadvantage of he Shkval).

The Status-6 / Kanyon weapon has the "added advantage" of being surface - burst (i.e. maximising fall-out). There's no evidence that it is "salted" with 59-Cobalt, since the "standard" weapon would be pretty effective as a very long-term area denial device. Add in 59-Co and the duration (and obviously extent) of area denial becomes much greater.

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east of eden Lumberjack Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:12 Permalink

Did you see the new, 'clean' video of the SpaceX rocket being taken out - that's the third time they have tried to launch this super-secret military satellite and the rocket has failed.

Watching the video it is absolutely clear that the SpaceX rocket was taken out by a missile, not a UFO, and there are only a couple of countries that can make missiles like that. May have even been done by US personnel opposed to the present regime.

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