North Korea is prepping their test site for a new nuclear test, just days after they launched 4 ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. Defying everyone and in a brazen show of defiance, North Korea plans to test a new and more powerful hydrogen warhead within the next 60 days.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) along with other branches of the military will be conducting one of the largest military exercises in recent memory.
The operation entitled Jade Force 15, will involve 1,200 troops comprised primarily of Green Berets, Navy Seals and Army infantry and will span across multiple states that include California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
The operation is scheduled to commence July 18th, 2015 and end September 15th, 2015.
The exercises are much larger than most and span several states so they will not take place on military bases but instead will be conducted on both public and private property (permission already has been granted). The purpose of the military exercise is to provide U.S. military forces with a realistic training ground in unfamiliar locals simulating both hostile and friendly territories.
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The North makes overtures to the South. The South is open to them. No rockets or missiles will fly while these talks ensue. These conversations will lead to a renewal of peace and nuclear disarmament talks. The leader falters.
The King of the South wages war with his words. He is benevolent to his enemies and is fractious to his friends. It is too late now. Twilight descends upon the citadel of the king, and in darkness, dominion will rule.
In an official announcement from North Korea, it announced Saturday that it has entered a state of war against South Korea. It indicated it will deal with every Inter Korean issue in a warlike manner and threatened to “dissolve” the U.S. mainland. Earlier this week it placed its ballistic missile system on high alert. Today the White House has recently stated that it will not be intimated by bellicose threats and reiterated that it is fully capable of defending itself and its allies.
In a further example of Iran‘s defiance to imposed sanctions, Reuters is reporting today that Iran has added more enrichment centrifuges to its underground Fordo complex. This news, which is probably no surprise to Israel‘s intelligence resources, further increases the chances that Israel will not wait long before moving forward to disable Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Update: Iran has added more then 1,000 new centrifuges. Previous attempts to slow down Iran’s nuclear program, such as cybertattacks (code named Olympic Games) has slowed, but not stopped its progress. All diplomatic negotiations have come to a halt.
“All the threats currently being directed against the Israeli home front are dwarfed” by Iran‘s nuclear ambitions said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in live comments broadcast Sunday by Israeli media. The comments were made after a Sunday Israeli cabinet meeting. Intelligence information recently surfaced and was reported in Israeli newspaper that U.S. and Israeli intelligence had received information that Iran was much farther along then had initially been believed in their efforts to develop a nuclear warhead. Also recent intelligence reports confirmed suspicions that Iran’s ballistic missile technology was also significantly advanced than had been believed.
Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of current efforts by international negotiators to convince Iran to stop uranium enrichment activities. It is Israel’s and others position that Iran has been planning to use their enrichment technology to secretly build a nuclear weapon and that sanctions will not be sufficient to prevent Iran from reaching this goal. While the U.S. has remained a staunch supporter of the sanctions route, they have conceded that this route has been unsuccessful in getting Iran to stop its activities. Confounding and delaying an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear targets are polls that suggest 64% of Israeli’s don’t want to see a preemptive strike, lack of a coordinated strike with the U.S. and concerns over similar attacks that could be launched on Israel’s Dimona reactor.
We have previously predicted an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities occurring sometime between August – September of this year. However, U.S. elections pressure could delay this prediction to Feb-April 2013.