Posted by: Chuck | April 15, 2013

Tax dollars and Loony Tune North Koreans


North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Billions of US tax dollars potentially funding Afghan terrorism – report– 12 Apr 2013 Grey areas in US legislation could mean that taxpayer money is financing Afghan terrorism, a report has revealed. It calls on Congress to change the *100,000 threshold on reconstruction contracts to include the 80 percent that evade scrutiny. The “alarming” findings were greeted with calls for urgent action to mend the weak links in US regulations. The report titled ‘Contracting with the Enemy’ and published by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), draws attention to the mismanagement of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) funds. According to the document, such oversights mean that “millions of contracting dollars could be diverted to forces seeking to harm US Military and civilian personnel and derail the multi-billion dollars reconstruction [after the US destruction] effort.” 

US Sea Radar Tracking N. Korean Threat11 Apr 2013 With North Korea’s launch of a mid-range Musudan missile believed to be imminent, a U.S. official confirms that the SBX radar has been deployed to the Pacific to assist with tracking the missile if it is launched. That tracking could help bring a missile down if needed.

The Sea-Based X-Band Radar looks like a giant golf ball placed atop a platform that resembles a floating oil rig. It contains precise long-range radar that is part of the integrated missile-defense system and helps track launched missiles so they can be brought down by missile interceptors.

North Korea states ‘nuclear war is unavoidable’ as it declares first target will be Japan  – 12 Apr 2013 North Korea has warned Japan that Tokyo would be the first target in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, as it increased threats of an attack. In a commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the communist country lashed out at Tokyo’s standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, threatening such actions will result in a nuclear attack against the island nation. If Japan executes its threat to shoot down any North Korean missile, such a “provocative” intervention would see Tokyo “consumed in nuclear flames”, KCNA warned.

North Korea can launch nuclear missiles, U.S. spy agency says11 Apr 2013 North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, although they would likely be unreliable, a Pentagon spy agency has concluded, as the United States and South Korea kept watch on Thursday for a missile test-launch by Pyongyang. The Defense Intelligence Agency study, dated last month, appeared to be the first time the agency had reached such a conclusion. “DIA assesses with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however the reliability will be low,” said Republican U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn, who disclosed the conclusion during a congressional hearing on Thursday.

‘Significant measures’ will be taken against North Korea if it tests another nuclear weapon, G8ministers say  – 11 Apr 2013 The G8 powers have urged tougher sanctions against North Korea if it launches a missile or tests another nuclear weapon, William Hague said Thursday. The British Foreign Secretary said there was united support for “further significant measures” in the event of another North Korean provocation and condemned the “aggressive rhetoric” from the government after chairing a meeting of G8 foreign ministers in London. Hinting at a missile launch, North Korea delivered a fresh round of war rhetoric Thursday with claims it has “powerful striking means” on standby.

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