WABC – NY North Korea says Trump tweet is a ‘declaration of war’
WABC – NY 3 minutes 39 seconds ago North Korea’s top diplomat says President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un „won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United States.
World Could North Korea Really Shoot Down a U.S. F-15 or B-1 Bomber? Dave Majumdar,The National Interest 4 hours ago Dave Majumdar Security, AsiaCould Kim really carryout his threats?Could North Korea Really Shoot Down a U.S. F-15 or B-1 Bomber?North Korea considers and a recent Twitter comment from President Donald Trump to effectively be a declaration of war against Pyongyang. As such, the Kim regime says that it will retaliate—potentially even engaging U.S. Air Force bombers flying around the Korean peninsula over international waters.“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”Ri was referring to a Trump’s tweet on September 23 where he suggested that North Korea might no longer exist in the near future. “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Trump said.Could North Korea Destroy Seoul?It is possible that Pyongyang finds recent U.S. bomber overflights near the Korean peninsula to be a prelude to a potential decapitation strike. Indeed, over the weekend, the United States flew Rockwell International B-1B Lancer strategic bombers over international waters of the east coast of North Korea.“This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take the DPRK’s reckless behavior,” the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. “This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat. North Korea’s weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies.”North Korea Tried to Wipe Out South Korea’s Government The State Department and the White House are adamant that Trump’s tweet was not a declaration of war. “We have not declared war on North Korea,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters earlier today. “Frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd.”Nonetheless, Trump’s statements seem to have been taken seriously in Pyongyang and there is every possibility that the Kim regime will seriously attempt to shoot down either an American bomber or potentially a reconnaissance aircraft. However, that being said, Pyongyang has limited means to do so.The North Korean air force only has a handful of relatively modern fighters including the early versions of the Soviet Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum and the MiG-23 Flogger that could threaten American warplanes. Neither are likely to be able to get close enough to a B-1B, Boeing B-52 or a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber before being unceremoniously blown out of the sky by American fighter escorts. The only chance the North Korean air force would have of successfully engaging American bombers is if by chance they caught those aircraft without U.S. or allied fighter cover.How Good Is North Korea’s Army?North Korea would have a better chance at shooting down a bomber with a surface-to-air missile battery if the American aircraft were close enough. While the overwhelming majority of North Korean air defenses are older Soviet systems, Pyongyang does field some surprisingly capable indigenous weapons.“They have a mix of old Soviet SAMs [surface-to-air missiles], including the S-75, S-125, S-200 and Kvadrat, which are likely in more or less good condition,” Vasily Kashin, a senior fellow at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics told The National Interest earlier this year. “They used to produce the S-75 themselves—and those could have received some significant upgrades. In addition to them, since early the 2010s they are fielding an indigenous modern SAM system which is called KN-06 by South Korea and the U.S.”It is not clear how many KN-06 SAM batteries Pyongyang has built, but the North Korean weapon is a surprisingly capable system that is similar to early model versions of the Russian-built S-300. “No one knows exactly how many such systems exist,” Kashin said. “The KN-06 has phased array radar and tracks via missile guidance system and maybe equivalent to the early S-300P versions but with greater range.”Kashin—who is a specialist on Asian matters—said that South Koreans sources have written that the KN-06 has been successfully tested. The weapon is thought to have a range of up to 150 km. One of the reasons that the KN-06 is often ignored—even though information is available about the North Korean weapon—is that Western analysts often underestimate Pyongyang’s industrial capabilities.The North Korean threat cannot be dismissed out of hand. Pyongyang has shot down American military aircraft in the past—and gotten away with it. One such event took place on April 15, 1969, during the Nixon Administration, when a U.S. Navy Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star reconnaissance aircraft killing all 31 crew members onboard. President Richard Nixon ultimately did not retaliate but he did briefly consider a nuclear strike in response to the North Korean provocation.”When I got to see the colonel, it was very simple. He described the shooting down of the EC-121 about a hundred miles at sea. And that he had a message, which he showed me at that time, saying to prepare to strike my target,” Bruce Charles, a former U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II pilot on temporary duty that day at Kunsan Air Base at the time told NPR. Charles’ F-4 was primed for launch carrying a 330KT B61 tactical thermonuclear bomb. “”The order to stand down was just about dusk, and it was not a certainty. The colonel said, ‘It looks like from the messages I’m getting, we will not do this today. I do not know about tomorrow.’”On December 18, 1994, North Korea shot down an unarmed U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter over the demilitarized zone killing one pilot and capturing another. The Clinton Administration—realizing that there were no good options for retaliation—chose restraint.But North Korea hasn’t just attacked American aircraft in the past; it has also attacked U.S. Navy vessels. On January 23, 1968, the North Koreans seized the U.S. Navy surveillance ship USS Pueblo—killing one sailor and capturing 83 others. The ship remains in North Korean hands, but the crew was eventually released on December 23, 1968. President Lyndon B. Johnson considered a host of retaliatory measures—including a nuclear strike—but ultimately backed down.It is unclear how the current administration will react—but the situation is seems to only becoming even more unstable.Dave Majumdar is the defense editor for The National Interest. You can follow him on Twitter: @davemajumdar.Read full article
Politics Trump Said Sleeping Gas on Planes Would Stop Terrorists, but the Plan Could Be Deadly John Haltiwanger,Newsweek 6 hours ago Donald Trump suggested commercial airline pilots should be able to use „sleeping gas” to stop terrorists during a conversation on The Howard Stern Show shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks. But employing such a gas could prove deadly. „You have a red button in the plane, and the pilot has a huge problem in the back. He’s got two or three terrorists, you know, going crazy,” Trump said in comments revealed in a conversation he had with Stern that is one of dozens being archived by Factba.se. „He presses a button and sleeping gas comes out, the entire back of the plane goes to sleep.”Trending: Governor Cuomo, Born In New York, Says He Is An immigrant„You now wake up at Kennedy Airport, LaGuardia Airport, they come in, they take the terrorists, knock the crap out of them, hang them from the black of the plane. The rest of the people wake up and they have a nice rest,” Trump added. „They have a gas, that’s a beautiful sleeping gas, that puts people to sleep.”As part of Trump’s plan, the pilots would have gas masks to protect themselves from exposure. „We do not want the pilots to fall asleep,” Trump said.At the time, the future president admitted he had not read much on the subject of sleeping gas but claimed „everybody that’s heard it loves the idea.”Don’t miss: Trump’s NFL Fight Dates Back to His Failed USFL Experiment in the ’80sRoughly a year after Trump made these comments—in October 2002—Russian security forces employed knockout gas in an attempt to subdue Chechen militants who seized a Moscow theater and took over 700 hostages. Ultimately, 130 people were killed, but not by the hostage takers. The gas has been widely cited as the cause of the majority of the hostage deaths, though Russian forces were able to eliminate the Chechen militants. It’s believed Russian forces had used a derivative of fentanyl, an opiate-based narcotic 100 times more powerful than morphine, which is typically used to prevent pain during surgeries. Dozens of hostages died horrifying deaths: They choked on their vomit, suffocated and swallowed their tongues.The tragic incident in Russia highlights the dangers in using chemicals that incapacitate people, regardless of how benevolent the intentions behind their use might be. In short, the risks arguably outweigh the benefits.Most popular: ISIS Challenges Prince Harry to a Fight: ‘We Will Send You and Your Apaches to Hellfire’Beyond concerns over the potential for loss of life, there are also legal hurdles to using incapacitating chemicals. International law—the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention—prohibits the use of „riot control agents as a method of warfare.” This includes „toxic chemicals” that could lead to „temporary incapacitation.” The law doesn’t necessarily apply to domestic police forces, however, due its very specific language. This helps explain why U.S. police routinely use tear gas, which is also illegal in warfare based on the law. The U.S. government, including the Pentagon, has looked at developing nonlethal „incapacitating” chemical weapons, including those that would be sleep-inducing often referred to as „calmatives.” But the government has often met with frustration in these efforts because of the laws on the books. „In many instances, our forces are allowed to shoot somebody and kill them, but they’re not allowed to use a nonlethal riot-control agent,” former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once complained to lawmakers.Based on what happened in Russia in 2002 and current international law, the use of such chemicals by the U.S. in any capacity would likely face numerous objections on both legal and ethical grounds. But since that 2001 interview, of course Trump became president.
Trump says Puerto Rico in trouble after hurricane, debt ‘must be dealt with’WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Puerto Rico is in „deep trouble” after being hit by Hurricane Maria and that its billions of dollars of debt to the Wall Street and banks „must be dealt with.””Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” Trump wrote in a series of posts on Twitter.”It’s (sic) old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”Trump did not offer a pathway for dealing with Puerto Rico’s debt. The U.S. territory, struggling with $72 billion in debt, filed the biggest government bankruptcy in U.S. history earlier this year.Maria, the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century, devastated the Caribbean island when it struck the U.S. territory with ferocious winds and torrential rains last week.Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday asked for more government aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in the island, which is home to 3.4 million people.Puerto Rico’s government on Monday asked a judge for up to four extra weeks to meet key deadlines in its bankruptcy case after Hurricane Maria brought its fragile infrastructure to its knees.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters in Washington that the administration was engaged in a fact-finding process to figure out how much help Puerto Rico needs.(Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker)
Sports Prince Harry flashes cryptic hand signal while taking photos with Melania Trump Marah Alindogan,AOL.com 13 hours agoWhat is going with Harry’s hand?!Prince Harry finally met Melania Trump for a meeting that lasted less than 30 minutes ahead of the Invictus Games on Saturday night. While it sounds like the meeting went swimmingly, the internet couldn’t help but notice the royal’s cryptic hand gesture while posing for photos with the first lady. In almost all of their photographs together, the prince has his middle and ring fingers slipped into his jacket. The most bizarre part is that Harry held that pose for quite a while, as if he may have done it on purpose.Of course, the internet has already theorized about the possible meanings behind the royal’s awkward hand gesture –the „hang ten” symbol, horns (which can represent the UT Longhorns) or what someone who’s nervous or uncomfortable does when they don’t know what else to do!RELATED: Melania Trump’s outfit as FLOTUS: While the mystery of Harry’s hand may never be solved — we’re assuming Kensington Palace won’t publicly comment on this matter! — we’ll just let your imagination fly on this one.For the meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto, Melania donned a houndstooth-patterned Dior suit, while Harry looked dapper in a navy blazer and trousers. The two had a friendly chat about the week-long Invictus Games, and the first lady even invited the royal to the White House!Later in the evening, the two were spotted sitting next to each other at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games. Harry’s longtime girlfriend, Meghan Markle, was seen sitting a few rows down.
World Trump Will Not Strike North Korea Because Pyongyang Can Hit Back, Unlike Iraq, Says Russia