DEFCON Warning System – Update 3-13-22

This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 9 P.M. UTC, Sunday, March 13th, 2022. Condition code is Yellow. DEFCON 3.

There are currently no imminent nuclear threats at this time, however the situation is considered fluid and can change rapidly.

U.S. intelligence sees no force-wide nuclear change in Russia’s nuclear posture that go beyond what has been observed in prior moments of heightened tensions. Nevertheless, Russia has said that the United States has declared economic war against Russia. In the Ukrainian theatre, the United States repeats its position that it will not send troops to Ukraine and has gone so far to include the prohibition even if unconventional weapons are used. Some express concern that this will remove a barrier for Russia to use such weapons. However, progress is apparently being made in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, although details have not been released. Nevertheless, Russia has asked China for assistance with its war in Ukraine. The United States warns China that China will face consequences if it helps Russia. China is unnerved by the strength of the world’s condemnation of Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Iran has put a second military satellite into orbit. Importantly, Iran says it will not give up nuclear progress. Nuclear negotiations are stalled as Russia has introduced spoilers into the negotiations as Russia battles the West over its Ukraine war.

European Union leaders announce intention to collectively rearm in face of Russian threat.

Satellite imagery shows construction at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear testing site for the first time since it was closed in 2018 while South Korea’s new president-elect pledges tougher stance on N. Korea.

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This concludes this report of the DEFCON Warning System.

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