North Korea Restarts Nuke Reactor After Trump’s Taunts by Tweets

North Korea Restarts Nuclear Reactor After Taunting Tweet From Trump

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 11:38 AM PST

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Observers suggest evidence to confirm operations at the nuclear reactor facility could be running at a “considerable” pace.

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During a time of uneasy tensions surrounding the Trump Presidency and major geo-political developments, the report that North Korea is capable of restarting this production rises fears in many. Despite this, President Trump claimed earlier this month that a nuclear strike from North Korea “won’t happen!”

North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017

North Korea has gone on record claiming they have the capability to “miniaturize” a nuclear warhead, as well as the capability of making a nuclear missile possible. However, this has not been independently confirmed and leaves suspicion over the true capability of North Korea’s nuclear program.

North Korea has conducted several nuclear tests in the past, particularly in September 2016, when the test presented a device with an explosive yield estimating between 10 and 30 kilotons. If confirmed, this would make it the North’s strongest nuclear test ever.

Map showing the locations and the magnitude of the seismic events triggered by North Korea's nuclear tests

Scepticism over Kim Jong-un’s Claims

However, the restarting of this plant for weapons-grade plutonium does not actually contribute to their capability of miniaturizing and arming a small nuclear warhead. North Korea has been stockpiling nuclear resources for a considerable duration, but what good are they if they cannot by utilized?

During a nuclear test in March 2016, Kim announced that North Korean scientists were capable of creating what had long been feared: a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a normal warhead. Furthermore, Kim claimed this allowed them to make indiscriminate attacks across the US and South Korea. Analysts refuted this as an impossible claim.

North Korea’s first nuclear test in October 2o06 resulted in the country’s “joining the nuclear club” after a test exploding plutonium underground. However, North Korea claimed that its weapon would contribute to peace and stability within the Korean peninsula. This contradicts the supposed nuclear threats posed by Kim Jong-un, and further supports skepticism towards North Korea’s true nuclear capability.

Trump’s unpredictable attitude leads analysts to be baffled as to what his response will be to this supposed threat. While military intervention is on the table for Trump, experts claim that the issue’s complexities could very well lead him to the same playbook governed by administrations before him.

Reasons for concern?

Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University professor who has travelled to North Korea, formerly directed the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. He estimates North Korea already has enough plutonium and highly enriched uranium to build 20 to 25 nuclear weapons.

“The nuclear program has continued to expand dramatically in the past few years – more nuclear materials, more nuclear weapons, and more sophisticated nuclear weapons. All of these are in the hands of a young leader about whom we know very little and a military about which we know even less. That is the real risk – it is here today.”

The genuine concern over North Korea’s possession of nuclear resources is certainly valid, but skeptics continue to question North Korea’s capability to arm the warhead.

Trump’s “America First” attitude could very well create a more tense atmosphere on the geo-political playing field in regards to North Korea. As far as analysts claim, their capability to currently arm a small nuclear warhead is still out of their reach. Is Kim Jong-un still scaring the West with empty threats and loaded statements?

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Ron Paul Warns Trump Can’t Stop Imminent ‘Economic Doomsday’ Caused By Federal Reserve

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 09:38 PM PST

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Article via The Free Thought Project:

If former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is correct, an Economic Doomsday is here. The second financial bubble is going to soon burst, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. That’s because, as Paul stated, the Federal Reserve has set up the American economy for financial collapse for printing trillions of dollars back in 2008 and 2009.

“The Federal Reserve’s policies of printing trillions of dollars back in ’08-09 have locked into place a serious financial crisis at some point in our future,” Paul stated. Going so far as to intimate the financial collapse will occur at least some time in the next two years Paul wrote, “It’s unavoidable, and even Donald Trump can’t stop it.”

Paul said Trump will be the patsy for the supposed impending financial ruin. Just like everyone blamed Obama for the financial collapse in 2009, this time, “Trump will unfairly get the blame,” the former Texas representative wrote. Paul bases his comments on reports he says he’s read which concludes that within the next 18-24 months, the collapse will happen.

The former congressman further explained he’s still holding out hope for Trump to make changes which can help to protect America’s future, but pointed out some of Trump’s staff has direct connections to Wall Street. He’s also concerned Trump’s war against radical Islam is a war Trump cannot win because it’s a war against an ideology, much like America’s failed attempt at defeating communism.

Paul believes Trump’s moving in the right direction to protect America’s interests by canceling America’s involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement with Asia. Paul also hopes Trump will pull American troops out of the at least 7 countries in which it is currently deployed and engaged in military conflict. “I say just come home,” Paul said when addressing having our military presence overseas. “Just get out of there and let the local people sort (the conflict) this out,” Paul said in response to how America should deal with hot spots like the Ukraine and Syria.

Paul believes the former administration’s posturing and threatening of China was misguided and stated we’d be better of trading goods with China, and all of Asia, rather than trading threats. However, as te Free Thought Project pointed out, Trump is already carrying on this dangerous posture — and China is responding.

Paul warns there’s going to be an acceleration of black ops operations by the CIA and Special Forces missions such as the joint special operations command (JSOC) which, as The Free Thought Project has reported, answers directly to the President of the United States.

Paul, who has never supported Trump is concerned about Trump’s ego, wondering if he’s going to act on his impulses to go after the ideology of radical Islam. Paul reminded his viewers that the way to create more jihadists is to keep on provoking the moderate Muslims into becoming radicalized by reacting to U.S. military actions overseas — the exact same thing Trump is doing right now.

Paul praised President Obama’s actions to normalize relations with Cuba and he hopes that with all of the policy decisions the Trump administration is making, that Trump will maintain the policy Obama implemented with Cuba and continue to keep the negotiations open with our closest Southern Caribbean neighbor.

Paul noted that he thinks U.S. policy has created a “failed system” in the country. “All empires end and we’re the empire. It’s going to end and it’s going to be for economic reasons…we’re going to fail because we’re working within a failed system…this is a monetary problem…a spending problem…it’s going to be financial,” Paul emphatically claimed, once again stating the collapse of America is imminent. “We have something arriving worse than 2008, 2009, much worse…It was the fault of the Federal Reserve,” Paul said, adding, the Keynesian economic model contributed greatly to the first bubble burst. Paul said the left will blame Trump for it like the right did to Obama, but he says it’s bigger than the office of the president, and blames the federal reserve and the previous 17 years of governmental spending.

If you think Ron Paul’s comments hold no water, think again. As the Free Thought Project reported last year, even the former chairmen of the Federal Reserve is predicting this crisis.

We are in very early days of a crisis which has got a way to go,” asserted Alan Greenspan to Bloomberg last year. “This is the worst period, I recall since I’ve been in public service. There’s nothing like it, including the crisis — remember October 19th, 1987, when the Dow went down by a record amount 23 percent? That I thought was the bottom of all potential problems. This has a corrosive effect that will not go away. I’d love to find something positive to say…..I don’t know how it’s going to resolve, but there’s going to be a crisis.”

When the man who used to run the very central bank Ron Paul says is responsible for the collapse, also says there’s going to be a collapse — it’s time to pay attention.

 


This article first appeared on TheFreeThoughProject.com and was authored by Jack Burns.

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