Judging by satellite images of the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, North Korea’s primary reactor for creating weapons-grade nuclear material might be up and running. There is clearly activity at the plant, although skeptical analysts say it is difficult to ascertain precisely what the reactor is doing without a ground-level inspection. NPR on Monday quoted conflicting opinions from Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and image analyst Frank Pabian of the North Korea-focused website 38 North. Lewis thought it looked like “business as usual at Yongbyon at the moment,” based on satellite photography that captured personnel arriving for work and materials being delivered. “It looks pretty much like it’s looked for the last 10 or 15 years,” he said. “If I had to bet, I’d say it’s most likely not operating,” countered Pabian, pointing to lack of steam from the turbines and the pattern of ice melting … [Read more...] about ‘Business as Usual’ at North Korea’s Primary Nuclear Weapons Reactor
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sees nuclear weapons, not alliances, as the "ultimate guarantor" of survival, according to former top CIA analyst Jung Pak, who joined CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett for lunch on this week's episode of "The Takeout." That, she told Garrett, complicates the question of what "denuclearization" ultimately means, particularly ahead of President Trump's summit with Kim beginning next Wednesday."The first summit produced very little in terms of how we were going to move toward North Korea denuclearization," Pak said, adding that Kim has been "developing all of the ingredients for this recipe of mating the nuclear weapon on top of the ballistic missile that is shown to be able to fly across the world, to hit virtually any spot, frankly.""Kim has been intent on showing us his capabilities, and he's also been pretty clear about his intentions. He's not going to unilaterally disarm, he said -- unless the U.S., and frankly, the world give up … [Read more...] about North Korea sees nuclear weapons as key to its survival
Feb 13, 12:00 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Arthur Villasanta 02/12/19 AT 11:03 PM Contradicting president Donald Trump, Gen. Robert Abrams, Commander at U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), said North Korea has neither denuclearized nor has made any serious attempt to do so since the failed Singapore summit between Trump and North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018.Gen. Abrams also told the Senate Armed Services Committee there has been “little to no verifiable change” in North Korea's military capabilities since last year. There has, however, been a palpable reduction in tensions between the U.S. and North Korea."I remain clear-eyed about the fact that, despite a reduction in tensions along the DMZ and a cessation of strategic provocations coupled with public statements of intent to denuclearize, little to no verifiable change has occurred in North Korea's military capabilities," said … [Read more...] about US General Warns Of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons, Is Denuclearization Possible?
Paul Sonne, The Washington Post Published 12:20 pm PST, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has sponsored a bill to prevent the United States from striking with nuclear weapons unless such a strike is used against it first. Bloomberg photo by Scott Eisen. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has sponsored a bill to prevent the United States from striking with nuclear weapons unless such a strike is used against it first. Bloomberg photo by Scott Eisen. Photo: Scott Eisen, Bloomberg Photo: Scott Eisen, Bloomberg Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has sponsored a bill to prevent the United States from striking with nuclear weapons unless such a strike is used against it first. Bloomberg photo by Scott Eisen. Sen. Elizabeth … [Read more...] about Top Democrats introduce bill to prevent US from striking first with nuclear weapons
In the 1960s, the Soviet Union built massive bunkers in Poland. These bunkers didn't appear on maps, and were carefully concealed to be invisible to spies from the air. But now, these long-abandoned buildings are revealing some of the secrets of Russian military strategy during the Cold War. Soviet documents from that time period described the sites as communications centers, though the buildings vanished from official records soon after they were built. Indeed, at the time, the Soviet Union denied having nuclear weapons cached anywhere in Poland. But researchers are finally taking up the investigation of these secret sites, and uncovered the bunkers' primary purpose: storehouses for nuclear weapons. [In Photos: Soviets Hid Nuclear Bunkers in Poland's Forests] Archaeologist Grzegorz Kiarszys, an adjunct professor at the Institute of History and International Relations in Poland, has conducted the first in-depth exploration of three of these nuclear warhead storage facilities. By … [Read more...] about Secret Soviet Bunkers in Poland Hid Nuclear Weapons