DEFCON Warning System – Update 11/1/18

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

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

In North Korea, no new dismantlement activity has been detected since August at at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. North Korea has further said it is unwilling to provide a list detailing its nuclear facilities and materials as long as the United States holds on to a policy of hostility towards Pyongyang. Meanwhile, another military exercise in South Korea has been canceled in order to give the diplomatic process more time and an Inter-Korean military agreement banning “all hostile acts” goes into effect. This creates a buffer zone around the DMZ in which certain military activities are banned.

The United States has made what can be interpreted as a threat of preemptive strike against Russian missiles that are in treat violation. Russia, for its part, claims no nuclear first use policy, however internal documents show that Russia has plans for nuclear first use even in a conventional war.

United States makes plans to withdraw from INF treaty which U.S. claims Russia has been violating for years. In response, Russia reiterates threat to target any country that hosts U.S. nuclear missiles, and the State Duma defense committee has floated the idea of reinstalling missiles in Cuba. United States leaves open the possibility of deploying nuclear weapons in space while expressing concern that Russia is developing a combat laser system in Earth’s orbit.

Further in Russia, the newest electronic warfare complexes “Samarkand” will be deployed in 13 military units throughout Russia, including near Kaliningrad. Making continued advances in Africa, Russia is ready to continue deliveries of military equipment to Central African Republic. Additionally, the Russian government has granted Cuba a $50 million loan to buy Russian military equipment

Canada has installed Chinese underwater monitoring devices next to U.S. nuclear submarine base. Iran claims missiles now have a range of 700 km and that they are able to hit any ship in the area, and India tests it nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile.

The DEFCON Warning System is a private intelligence organization which has monitored and assessed nuclear threats against the United States by national entities since 1984. It is not affiliated with any government agency and does not represent the alert status of any military branch. The public should make their own evaluations and not rely on the DEFCON Warning System for any strategic planning. At all times, citizens are urged to learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear attack.

If this had been an actual attack, the DEFCON Warning System will give radiation readings for areas that are reported to it. Your readings will vary. Official news sources will have radiation readings for your area.

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This concludes this broadcast of the DEFCON Warning System.

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