Saturday, September 10, 2016

North Korea's nuclear threat; Aleppo (Johnson's brain freeze) and Kerry's agreement with Putin

The good news, and the bad news come together.

John Kerry has announced an agreement with Russia for a “cease fire” to curb the violence in Syria, NBC news story. Will this help Hillary Clinton look better?  Will this help stop the flood of refugees?  How would this affect stopping ISIS and maybe taking back Aleppo and Raqqa.

Yes. I could have answered a news moderator’s question about Aleppo.  I would not have stumbled like Gary Johnson did.

NBC News has a detailed story by Cassandra Vinogard on “What you need to know” about North Korea’s latest (apparent) nuclear detonation.  There are many videos.  The upshot: in a few years, North Korea probably could reach the northwestern US (at least Alaska) with a small nuclear warhead on a missile.  The most extreme scenarios have missiles crossing the Canadian NWT and reaching Michigan by a Great Circle.   The latest test was detected by an earthquake.

It sounds conceivable that North Korea could try to launch a high altitude EMP blast, especially over South Korea or Japan (maybe Taiwan or Philippines).  We don’t know if China is really their friend or not.

Wikipedia attribution link for p.d. photo of Youngbyon facility

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