FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEFCON Warning System – Update 4/3/2018
This is the DEFCON Warning System.
Alert status for 11 A.M., PDT, Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Condition code is Green.
There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time.
North Korea and the United States are preparing for an historic summit between the two leaders, though what exactly will come out of the meeting is the subject of significant debate among experts. We caution the public to understand that North Korea views its nuclear programme to be sacrosanct and will likely not give it up, no matter what they say during any negotiations. While the press has reported that North Korea is willing to negotiate their nuclear programme, this is not exactly what North Korea said. An examination of North Korea’s statement as reported by the Chinese reads that North Korea is willing to discuss it but said nothing about actual disarmament.
Prior to the upcoming summit meeting, North Korea has stated that it will suspend further tests while talks are underway, however satellite images have shown that North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Complex is likely operating, producing more plutonium for nuclear weapons programme. Nevertheless, recent reports by Japan that North Korea is preparing for another nuclear test appear to be false.
While China has announced that it is increasing its defence spending by 8.1 percent, Russia has said that it is going to decrease its spending on defence. Nevertheless, Russia is to expand its presence in Arctic region while the United States is to sell Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine, which can be used against Russian forces.
The United States and NATO are increasing its defence spending new budgets, and the U.S. plans to invest more in hypersonic weaponry research as Russia announces (though has yet to demonstrate) advancements in hypersonic technology. The United States warns that there is currently no defence against hypersonic weapons. Additionally, Russia continues to advance its anti-satellite operations.
Saudia Arabia states that it will develop nuclear weapons if Iran does and is currently stepping up plans to develop a civilian nuclear energy capability.
Turkey continues operations against the PKK in Syria and has possibly expanded its operations into Northern Iraq. Turkish President Erdogan and Israeli President Netanyahu have exchanged a war of words, accusing each other of terrorist activities against civilians. The Israeli theatre continues to be an area to watch as hostilities with enemy actors have increased recently.
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