This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 12 P.M., Friday, April 15th, 2016. Condition code is Green. DEFCON 5.

There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time.

Continued observations of North and South Korea indicate that, while tensions continue to remain high, both sides have taken steps to calm the situation down.  In addition, U.S. exercises with South Korea are ending and the United States is redirecting its forces and attention to the South China Sea area.  North Korea's actions have also put a wedge between it and its ally China, which may have influenced the situation somewhat, though China's influence over North Korea has grown questionable recently.

At this time, The DEFCON Warning System believes that the prospect of war in Korea has receded and is no longer an imminent threat.  This does not mean that war can not break out in Korea, and a war is still expected in the area.  However, the immediacy of war is no longer considered a high prospect.

Recently, North Korea has claimed a successful test of an ICBM engine powerful enough to reach any part of the continental United States, however a recent test of their newest missile has failed.  Satellite imagery has also shown activity at Yongbyon indicating North Korea has already begun or plans to commence reprocessing for additional plutonium for nuclear weapons.

The public is advised that this will likely not be the last time the Korean theater will threaten war.  North Korea continues to advance its nuclear and delivery technology, and the longer it takes for war to break out, the more likely the United States itself will come under nuclear threat from North Korea during a war.

The DEFCON Warning System is a private enterprise which monitors world events and assesses nuclear threats against the United States by national entities. It is not affiliated with any government agency and does not represent the alert status of any military branch. The public should make their own evaluations and not rely on the DEFCON Warning System for any strategic planning. At all times, citizens are urged to learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear attack.

If this had been an actual attack, the DEFCON Warning System will give radiation readings for areas that are reported to it. Your readings will vary. Official news sources will have radiation readings for your area.

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This concludes this broadcast of the DEFCON Warning System.