DEFCON Warning System – Update 5/1/18

DEFCON Warning System – Update 5/1/2018

 This is the DEFCON Warning System.

Alert status for 2 P.M., PDT, Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Condition code is Green.

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

Much attention has been paid to Korea recently as North Korea has made significant gestures to the United States, including promises to shut down its nuclear test site in May as well as saying that it is willing to give up nuclear weapons in exchange for a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge by the United States not to invade.  North Korea has also announced that it will suspend nuclear and missile tests.  At this time, North Korea and the United States are preparing for a summit, with some reporting that it will be held at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

In addition, North and South Korea establish hotline between two countries and South Korea has halted propaganda broadcasts across DMZ.  North and South Korea announced plans for talks to officially end the Korean war.  They also agreed to work on ridding the area of nuclear weapons, though this is an oft repeated promise.  It also should be noted that despite claims by some, the nuclear test site remains viable for future testing and North Korea has continued to do work at the site to repair and/or expand it.  However, there has been no observed testing at the site.

While many praise the gestures made by North and South Korea, observers caution that such promises by North Korea have been made in the past, only to be broken.  The DEFCON Warning System will be watching the situation very closely and analysing any deals made over the coming months.  For the time being, however, the threat of conflict in the region is quite low.

China has installed jamming equipment on disputed islands in the South China Sea and its military facilities are now capable of controlling the area.  China has also flown nuclear bombers around Taiwan in show of force and plans regular, ongoing exercises at the Taiwan Straits.  Heightening a cold tension, China has deployed advanced DF-26 missiles while U.S. B-52s fly by South China Sea.  Responding to China, Japan has activated its first marine unit since World War Two amid concerns of China expansion into disputed South China Sea.

Tensions continue to grow between Israel and Iran due to recent Israeli air strikes on Iranian assets in Syria. Both countries have issued strong statements regarding retaliation against each other.  Israel has accused Iran of clandestine work on its nuclear weapons programme.  While the International Atomic Energy Agency maintains that Iran has been compliant with the nuclear agreement, the DEFCON Warning System believes that Iran has continued its weapons programme.

The United States and Poroshenko confirms delivery of 210 Javelin missiles and 37 launchers To Ukraine while Russia and India discuss “exclusive strategic partnership” between the two countries.

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