A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck near a test site in North Korea, sparking fears the regime has launched its sixth nuclear test.
China’s earthquake administration said it detected the quake in northeastern North Korea and described it as a ‘suspected explosion’, according to Reuters.
The depth was recorded as zero meters deep. Yonhap, South Korea’s official news agency, reports the quake struck in Kilju county where North Korea’s nuclear test site Punggyeri is located.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the quake was artificial and it’s analyzing whether the North conducted a nuclear test.
It says it detected a seismic wave from 12.34pm to 12.36pm Sunday around Punggyeri.
North Korea conducted its fifth test last September – which also caused a massive earthquake.
Just hours earlier, the country claimed it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has ‘great destructive power’.
Photos released on Saturday show the country’s leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a hydrogen bomb that will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
The hydrogen bomb’s power is adjustable and can be detonated at high altitudes. The regime claims it can build as many of the nuclear weapons as it wishes.
Read more: BREAKING NEWS – Fears North Korea has launched its SIXTH nuclear test: 5.6 ‘artificial’ earthquake is detected near test site, after regime boasted it had loaded a hydrogen bomb onto an ICBM
TRUMP THREATENS NORTH KOREA WITH ‘FIRE AND FURY THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE’ IF IT WILL ATTACK GUAM
- President Donald Trump told the country that any threat to the U.S. would be met with ‘fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before’
- North Korea said it is ‘carefully examining’ a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles
- The 33-year-old Kim Jong Un was lashing out at a U.S. push to drain him of the hard currency he needs to develop his nuclear program that Russia and China reluctantly signed on to last weekend.
( Daily Mail ) Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers from the military base in Guam participated in a strategic bilaterial mission with South Korea and Japan hours before North Korea revealed it was considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam.
The 10-hour mission from Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base took place on Monday and was the first for the aircraft and crews recently deployed from South Dakota’s Ellsworth Air Force Base to support U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence missions, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs stated.
‘How we train is how we fight and the more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight tonight,’ one of the pilots with the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1 said.
The crews practiced intercept and formation training, which gave them an opportunity to improve their combined capabilities and tactical skills.
‘These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater,’ according to a release from the Air Force.
The bombers flew in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula. The U.S. released photos of the mission late Tuesday – seemingly in response to North Korea’s threat to strike Guam.
North Korea said it is ‘carefully examining’ a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles. That threat happened just hours after President Donald Trump told the country that any threat to the U.S. would be met with ‘fire and fury.’
Read more: ‘America will be defended’: US offers a sneak peak of Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ as supersonic B-1B bombers fly out from Guam Air Force base that North Korea threatened to strike with missiles
- Professor Katherine Dettwyler : Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved, typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueles [sic] males who come into my classes”
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A college professor is receiving backlash for saying that Otto Warmbier “got exactly what he deserved.”
The University of Virginia junior died Monday after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and being brought home in a comatose state. He had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel while visiting the country.
“Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueles [sic] males who come into my classes,” anthropology professor at the University of Delaware Katherine Dettwyler wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
People from across the country have called for her to be fired, some saying on Twitter that they would not send their children to the university.
The professor said students like Warmbier cry about their grades and think they can get away with anything, including raping women. It is unclear how she was relating rape to Warmbier’s case.
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OTTO WARMBIER DEAD: FATHER SLAMS OBAMA, GRATEFUL TO TRUMP FOR BRINGING BACK HIS SON FROM NORTH KOREA
American student Otto Warmbier, 22, has died days after he was released from captivity in North Korea. He was surrounded by family members at the time of his death, hospital officials said.
While Otto’s father, Fred Warmbier, thanked President Trump for bringing back their son, he slammed former president Barack Obama for their handling of the situation where they were told to keep quiet about his captivity.
Otto’s father noted he was never granted a face to face interview with former President Obama.
Warmbier’s father spoke at a press conference:
FRED WARMBIER: When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over.
We made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with [Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan] Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department.
It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team, at the direction of the president aggressively pursued resolution of the situation.
They have our thanks for bringing him home.
When a reporter asked Otto’s father if he felt President Obama could have done more he was quick to reaffirm that notion saying:
“I think the results speak for themselves. We’ve been to Washington, D.C. over a dozen times. We met everyone in the past administration from John Kerry to the Swedish ambassador, Sternloff, who lives in Pyongyang. He came in town, we met his aide when he came in town. We’ve met our senators, our congressmen. We’ve worked with Governor Richardson,” he said, referring to former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Those were our efforts. We relied on this false premise that they would treat Otto fairly and would let him go. Otto was held as a war criminal.
They termed his confinement as a war criminal. We did what we could. We tried to stay low. We were advised that it was important that you don’t upset the North Koreans. We followed that logic. There came a time that that doesn’t seem to have any impact. So we went public with an interview on Tucker Carlson’s show, and then did a couple of written pieces, and then very quickly we have Otto home.”
Fred Warmbier thanked both President Trump and Ohio Senator Rob Portman for helping them get their son back to the United States. He talked over the phone with the President and said the President was primarily focused on how the family was doing.
“It was a really nice conversation. It was kind, and it was, ‘Are you taking care of yourself?’ and ‘We worked hard, and I’m sorry this is the outcome.’ He told me a little bit about Secretary Tillerson and Joe Yun, and they teamed up and made things happen. He was very candid. It was a nice conversation. To be honest with you, I had avoided conversations with him, because to what end?” he added.
President Trump also slammed North Korea’s “brutal regime” Monday after Otto Warmbier’s death:
“Lot of bad things happened,” Trump said during a White House meeting with technology CEOs, “but at least we got him home to be with his parents.”
“It’s a brutal regime,” Trump went on, “and we’ll be able to handle it.”
Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea after officials there said he took a propaganda banner from a hotel in early 2016. His tour group was leaving when authorities detained Warmbier. He was released by the communist regime in a coma last week.
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- A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Warmbier, 22, was in a coma and had been for “over a year.”
( Fox News ) A plane carrying Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student arrested, tried and imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, and who is now in a coma, landed in his hometown of Cincinnati Tuesday night and he was rushed to a hospital for urgent medical treatment.
The U.S. military flight landed at Lunken Airport at approximately 10:20pm ET and was met by an ambulance en route to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Warmbier, 22, was in a coma and had been for “over a year.” The official added that the North Koreans told the U.S. that Warmbier contracted botulism before slipping into a coma. However, the two U.S. doctors traveling with him have not been able to confirm that claim, the official said.
The New York Times, citing an unnamed senior American official, said the U.S. had received intelligence reports in recent weeks that Warmbier had been repeatedly beaten.
Warmbier has served just over a year of his 15-year sentence — allegedly for taking down a sign of the late dictator Kim Jong Il while he was in the country with a tour group
…A group of students playing tennis outside Wyoming High School, which Warmbier attended, said he is known in the community as “an outstanding student” and a “wonderful guy”. While happy he’s home, one student said he was “heartbroken to learn he’s in a coma.”
EXPERT: NORTH KOREA PLOTTING AN EMP ATTACK ON U.S. BY PUTTING NUKE ON SATELLITE, A SOVIET IDEA DURING COLD WAR
- “The April 29 missile launch looks suspiciously like practice for an EMP attack,”
- North Koreans may be taking the idea from a Soviet plan during the Cold War to attack the U.S. with an EMP as part of a larger surprise assault aimed at crippling the U.S. military.
- “During the Cold War, the Russians had a secret weapon they called a fractional orbital bombardment system,” he explained. “And the idea was to do a surprise EMP attack against the United States by disguising a warhead as a satellite
- the idea was to put a nuclear weapon on a satellite. Launch it on a satellite trajectory toward the south so it is also flying away from the United States. Orbit it over the South Pole and come up on the other side of the earth so that it approaches us from the south.
TEL AVIV – While the international community and news media focus on North Korean missile tests and the country’s nuclear program, one expert warned on Sunday that North Korea may be secretly assembling the capability to take out significant parts of the U.S. homeland via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and is the chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission.
Speaking on this reporter’s talk radio program, Pry pointed to two North Korean satellites that are currently orbiting the U.S. at trajectories he says are optimized for a surprised EMP attack. “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” is broadcast on terrestrial radio on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia and online.
….“If you wanted to win a New Korean war,” added Pry, “one of the things you would certainly consider doing is taking out the United States homeland itself.”
Pry surmised the North Koreans may be taking the idea from a Soviet plan during the Cold War to attack the U.S. with an EMP as part of a larger surprise assault aimed at crippling the U.S. military.
“During the Cold War, the Russians had a secret weapon they called a fractional orbital bombardment system,” he explained. “And the idea was to do a surprise EMP attack against the United States by disguising a warhead as a satellite. Because a satellite trajectory is different from an ICBM trajectory that is aiming to go into a city. You know, for accuracy on an ICBM you launch it on a lower energy, 45-degree angle that follows a classic ballistic trajectory. Like a rifle. To land your missile on a city.”
Pry continued of the original Russian plan:
But if you put a satellite in orbit it follows a different trajectory. It doesn’t have accuracy but it puts the satellite up there so that it stays in permanent orbit so it looks different in terms of the trajectory. And guys watching their radar screens tend not to get alarmed when they see a missile being launched on that satellite trajectory. Because they assume it is for peaceful purposes. …
So, the idea was to put a nuclear weapon on a satellite. Launch it on a satellite trajectory toward the south so it is also flying away from the United States. Orbit it over the South Pole and come up on the other side of the earth so that it approaches us from the south.
Because we didn’t during the Cold War and even today we still don’t have ballistic missile early radar warnings looking south. We don’t have any national missile defenses to the south. We are blind and defenseless to the south. We can’t see anything coming from that direction. Then when this gets over the United States you light it off so that it does an EMP attack.
Pry stated that in the Soviet plan, “They were mainly interested in paralyzing our strategic forces, our strategic command and control and communications so that we couldn’t talk to our forces. Maybe take out some of the forces themselves. And that would give them time to then launch their mass attack across the North Pole to blow up our ICBMs. So, kill them once with the EMP. Kill them twice by blasting our bases by using their long-range missiles. That was the Russian plan. But the cutting edge of the plan was this surprise EMP attack.”
….. Pry spotlighted recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests minimized by the news media for reported failures. When viewed through the lens of potential preparations for an EMP attack, Pry warned, the tests were actually successes.
Pry wrote about some of those tests in a Newsmax piece last week:
I am looking at an unclassified U.S. Government chart that shows a 10-kiloton warhead (the power of the Hiroshima A-Bomb) detonated at an altitude of 70 kilometers will generate an EMP field inflicting upset and damage on unprotected electronics. …
On April 30, South Korean officials told The Korea Times and YTN TV that North Korea’s test of a medium-range missile on April 29 was not a failure, as widely reported in the world press, because it was deliberately detonated at 72 kilometers altitude. 72 kilometers is the optimum burst height for a 10-Kt warhead making an EMP attack. …
According to South Korean officials, “It’s believed the explosion was a test to develop a nuclear weapon different from existing ones.” Japan’s Tetsuro Kosaka writes in Nikkei, “Pyongyang could be saying, ‘We could launch an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack if things get really ugly.’”
“The April 29 missile launch looks suspiciously like practice for an EMP attack,” Pry wrote. “The missile was fired on a lofted trajectory, to maximize, not range, but climbing to high-altitude as quickly as possible, where it was successfully fused and detonated — testing everything but an actual nuclear warhead.”
This weekend, an editorial published in the North Korean state-run media agency KNCA threatened the White House would be “reduced to ashes.”
- US fear North Korea plans to detonate nuclear device in a tunnel on Saturday
- Pyongyang is reportedly in its final stages of preparing for its sixth nuclear test
- Foreign reporters were told to prepare for a ‘big and important’ event today
- Pyongyang is marking biggest national day called ‘Day of the Sun’ on Saturday
( Daily Mail ) North Korea is preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb to coincide with its ‘Day of the Sun’ national day on Saturday amid mounting tensions with President Trump, US officials fear.
The regime warned foreign journalists to prepare for a ‘big event’ on Thursday and is thought to have put a nuclear device in a tunnel at its Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site.
Tensions in the region are running high after President Trump sent a US Navy strike group steaming toward the western Pacific in a show of force and North Korea warned of a nuclear attack at any sign of America aggression.
North Korea’s most important national day is on Saturday April 15 when North Korea commemorates birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung. Ahead of the event, Kim Jong-un yesterday oversaw a commando operation in which special forces dropped from light transport planes ‘like hail’ and ‘mercilessly blew up enemy targets’.
It comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today underscored fears about possible threats from North Korea, telling parliament in Tokyo that Pyongyang could have the capacity to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve gas.
Meanwhile, China today said it would step up its protection of North Korea should the isolated state halt its nuclear programme.