DEFCON Warning System – Update 8/1/18

This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 2 P.M., Sunday, July 1st, 2018. Condition code is Green. DEFCON 5.

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

Feeling that the situation in the Korean theater has lessened in severity, Japan has lowered its military readiness level against North Korean missiles and has withdrawn PAC-3 missile interceptors. South Korea has also canceled this year’s defense drill.

Nevertheless, there are disturbing signs coming from North Korea.

There are some reports that North Korea is continuing work on a nuclear submarine and that North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium. North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, but some experts say that the work so far is not enough to indicate a real movement to disarmament. The top U.S. general on the Korean Peninsula says that North Korea nuclear weapons production capability is still intact while another official claims that North Korea is still producing fissile material.

United States, for its part, has said that there is no time limit to denuclearize North Korea.

The United States has created the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center that will have oversight over Artificial Intelligence efforts to counter China and Russian advances in the field. More concerning is that the United States has rankled European allies by calling them a foe. Contextually, the U.S. is speaking trade-wise, but nevertheless this will not play well among the E.U. and can strain relations where the United States is looking for solidarity against Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.

In the China area, the United States has sends two vessels through the Taiwan Strait, further increasing tensions over the status of Taiwan with China. Additionally, China continues to militarize the South China Sea by installing Jamming technology and various missile systems in the area.

Russia says it is developing a new aircraft that can disable the electronics on U.S. satellites. This is on top of other developments that Russia has made some startling claims on, but should be noted that there is no observable evidence that these claims are true and can be simply propaganda to keep an enemy guessing as to Russia’s true capabilities.

As the United States prepares to place sanctions on Iran, Iran has threatened to blockade the Strait of Hormuz if the sale of Iranian is stopped by sanctions. Meanwhile, Iran’s nuclear chief says uranium stockpile reaches 950 tons. The United States says it is willing to talk to Iran without pre-conditions while Iran has said it requires the United States to return to the nuclear deal before it will engage in talks. Iran is in a precarious position as already its economy is struggling due to the threat of sanctions and the country may be pushed into a position where it has little to lose.

Additionally in the Middle East, the Israeli Knesset rescinds ability of Prime Minister to declare war without cabinet approval. Russia has said that it will neither help nor hinder Israel as Israel strikes Iranian targets inside Syria and has said that it will ensure Iranian forces remain a distance from Israel.

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This concludes this broadcast of the DEFCON Warning System.

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