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DEFCON Warning System – Update 3/1/2018
This is the DEFCON Warning System.
Alert status for 7 P.M., PDT, Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Condition code is Green.
There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time.
While the Olympics have seemingly put a pause in the tensions of the Korean theatre, most analysts believe that this pause is temporary and that North Korea is simply using the time to continue repairs to their nuclear testing site. It is believed that North Korea is continuing to make progress with long range missiles and will continue its nuclear work. Nevertheless, North Korea has invited South Korea for a summit in North Korea and the United States now says ready for talks — if not negotiations — with North Korea.
China claims to have successfully carried out a land-based mid-course missile interception test, and China’s J-20 stealth fighter has entered combat service. The United States continues to conduct Freedom of Navigation exercises in the China Sea area, and Taiwan is to continue developing rockets which have the capacity to reach Beijing.
Russia has just announced a hypersonic missile which it claims can not be intercepted and can carry a nuclear payload to anywhere in the world. The DEFCON Warning System notes that Russia has a history of making exaggerated or false claims in an effort to make an enemy believe Russia’s military is more formidable than it really is, and there are concerns that Russia has made such an announcement without any visible testing. At this time, The DEFCON Warning System is unsure of the validity of Russia’s recent claim and is continuing to investigate.
Meanwhile, Russia is to begin deploying military aircraft to a disputed island near Japan and has placed nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad. Additionally, Russia continues to work on anti-satellite weapons, which an anonymous source claims it has now completed. The United States, for its part, has sent warships to the Black Sea in a move which it describes to “desensitize” Russia to U.S. presence there.
The United States continues operations in Syria, despite strong backing of Syria by Russia, and Russia’s new Su-57 stealth fighter sees use in Syria. Syrian government forces have come under fire by Turkish forces in the Afrin region as they move in to reinforce Kurdish fighters in the African region of Northern Syria, drawing in a NATO country to the fighting. At this time, the United States, Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Israel all continue to be major players in the Syrian conflict, and the situation there continues to grow more complex.
When speaking about the Iranian nuclear agreement, Iran has stated that there is no sunset clause in nuclear deal and that they will never pursue nuclear weapons. France is to upgrade its nuclear arsenal over the next several years, and Germany reports that less than half of its submarines and warplanes are ready for use.
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