Washington-based 38 North, a website that monitors North Korea, said satellite images from Saturday showed vehicles and trailers at the Punggye-ri test site and signs that communications cables may have been laid to a test tunnel. The think tank said water appears to be being pumped out and was draining downhill “presumably to keep the tunnel dry for monitoring or communications equipment”.
In an ominous threat raising the prospect of war, they said the US President had crossed a ‘red line’ with his surprise missile bombardment on Bashar al-Assad’s forces. ‘From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and America knows our ability to respond well,’ the military chiefs said in a joint statement with Hezbollah.
Russian and Iranian forces last night warned Donald Trump they would retaliate with military action if he launched more airstrikes on Syria.
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:1 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: 4 days after a US missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for Assad’s chemical attack on his own people, Putin has issued a statement and it’s quite the doozy. In short, he said that if President Trump strikes again anywhere in Syria for any reason, that both Russia and Iran would ‘respond with real war’. Wha…?? How did Iran just get in the picture? That gray blur that sped across the screen as you read this is end times prophecy leaping off the pages of the Bible. Tick, tock, tick…
In an ominous threat raising the prospect of war, they said the US President had crossed a ‘red line’ with his surprise missile bombardment on Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
‘From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and America knows our ability to respond well,’ the military chiefs said in a joint statement with Hezbollah.
The Russian Embassy in London last night suggested there could be ‘real war’ if Moscow is presented with an ultimatum over Syria.
But Boris Johnson will today lead a push for Russia to face tough new sanctions unless it withdraws its support for Assad.
At a G7 meeting in Italy, the Foreign Secretary will call for Moscow to be threatened with isolation from the international community and a raft of economic punishments.
On a day of escalating tensions yesterday:
- The Kremlin mocked Britain for having ‘no real influence on the course of international affairs’ after Mr Johnson cancelled a planned trip to Moscow;
- Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said Russia was responsible for ‘every civilian death’ in Assad’s chemical weapons attack on his own people;
- America warned Moscow it faces a ‘relationship of competition and potential conflict’ unless it stops supporting Assad’s ‘murderous regime’;
- The White House told North Korea it should take US missile strikes against Syria as a warning that America is prepared to take military action against countries which break international agreements.
In the early hours of Friday morning, President Trump ordered airstrikes on a Syrian airbase in the first direct attack by the US against Assad.
The onslaught of 59 cruise missiles followed a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria which killed 87 civilians, including many children.
A joint command centre of Russia, Iran and Islamist militant group Hezbollah yesterday warned America they would not allow further attacks on the Syrian regime. source
NORTH KOREA COULD SOON HAVE THE CAPACITY TO LAUNCH AN ATTACK ON HAWAII THAT WOULD DEVASTATE AMERICA’S PACIFIC MILITARY BASES, ACCELERATING THE NEED FOR THE UNITED STATES TO UPGRADE MISSILE DEFENSES IN THE AREA.
The United States today relies on ground-based ballistic missile interceptors deployed in California and Alaska to protect Hawaii, but these defenses would do little to guard U.S. territory in the Pacific against a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which officials believe is nearing completion.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency in February test fired a new SM-3 Block IIA missile from Hawaii that successfully intercepted an incoming ballistic missile, but the Pentagon does not maintain a permanent missile defense installation or detection capabilities on the Hawaiian Islands.