FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEFCON Warning System – Update 2/2/2018
This is the DEFCON Warning System.
Alert status for 1 P.M., PDT, Friday, February 2, 2018.
Condition code is Green.
There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time.
Tensions in the Korean theatre have an appearance of having lessened, but the public is warned not to lower their vigilance. North Korea is still pursuing its nuclear programme and is still making bellicose threats. The United States also has not changed its position regarding North Korea’s nuclear programme, and continues to show signs that it is simply looking for a reason to attack.
South Korea, however, is taking the recent developments as a positive sign and hopes that dialogue can continue between North and South Korea. Very likely, South Korea is being lulled into a false sense of security, and once North Korea has its nuclear testing facility ready, tensions will increase again. Some experts have already said that North Korea is close to conducting an atmospheric test of its nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, barring an unusual threat, South Korea will not permit the United States to strike North Korea unilaterally.
The hotline between North and South Korea has been reopened and North Korea has agreed to participate in February Olymics to be held in South Korea. The United States has said that there will be no military action against North Korea as long as inter-Korean talks continue, but is becoming resigned to the thought that military action may be the only viable option.
Tensions between the United States and Russia continue to become colder, both as Russia is accused of interfering in the U.S. elections as well as the United States stating that it is to remain in Syria, a country allied with Russia.
NATO has expressed concern about growing Russian resurgence and that that the alliance will not be dominant in certain areas in a short period of time. The United States has refocused its national security away from terrorism and back to competition between the great powers, while the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review has called for more tactical nuclear weapons as a deterrent, but says larger weapons should be swapped out so as to not violate any nuclear treaty.
Russia is diversifying its nuclear capabilities and now has a strategic advantage over the United States. Included is Russia’s underwater nuclear drone, capable of delivering large warheads, including an intercontinental undersea nuclear torpedo. Russia and Sir Lanka are holding talks on establishing nuclear cooperation while Russia is to assist Argentina in uranium mining.
Pakistan and India have exchanged the lists of their nuclear installations under a three-decade-old bilateral pact that bars them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities in an event of war.
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