A civil worker in Hawaii who fired-off an unnecessary missile warning earlier this month actually thought a nuclear attack on the island was imminent; misreading test instructions left the night before and causing a state-wide panic as residents and tourists rushed for cover.
According to the New York Times, the state employee who sent the false alert on January 13th “issued the message intentionally” after he misunderstood instructions from the evening supervisor and thought a North Korean nuclear missile strike was imminent.
While the incident had been described by state officials as an “accident” after an employee “pressed the wrong button,” the new information raises serious questions over how missile warnings are approved and who has the authority to alert the public.
According to a written statement from the worker, other state employees had advanced warning of the missile test but had failed to inform the technician charged with engaging the alert system.
“When disaster strikes, it’s essential that Americans in harm’s way get reliable information so that they can stay safe and protect their loved ones,” said the Commission chairman in charge of the investigation. “People shouldn’t miss out on potentially lifesaving information just because the alert system’s current brush stroke is too broad.”
BEIJING BETRAYAL: China CAUGHT SNEAKING Oil Supplies to North Korea
South Korean authorities announced Friday it had detained a Chinese-based ship and its staff over reports the tanker was sneaking oil supplies to Kim’s regime; a violation of recent UN sanctions that barred such shipments to the communist nation.
According to UPI, officials in Seoul confirmed they had seized the Lighthouse Winmore, a ship registered in Hong Kong that allegedly smuggled over 600 tons of refined oil into North Korea last November; well after the United Nations adopted Resolution 2375 which banned the hermit kingdom from importing fuel.
President Trump weighed-in on the revelation on social media, saying he was “very disappointed” that Beijing refused to comply with the UN mandate, adding that no “friendly solution” to the North Korean crisis would be possible “if this continues.”
“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump tweeted.
Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
South Korea’s seizure of a Chinese ship escalates already heightened tensions in the region; with dictator Kim Jong Un vowing to continue to test his rapidly expanding nuclear and missile programs.
BREAKING REPORT: North Korea Now Making Missile-Ready Nuclear Weapons
The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea has successfully created miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be fixed to its missiles, according to a new report from The Washington Post. If the report is accurate, it would mean North Korea now has the ability to fire a nuclear armed missile that can reach the United States.
The Washington Post reports:
The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller.
The findings are likely to deepen concerns about an evolving North Korean military threat that appears to be advancing far more rapidly than many experts had predicted. U.S. officials last month concluded that Pyongyang is also outpacing expectations in its effort to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking cities on the American mainland.
The report confirms an assessment by the Japanese Ministry of Defense which also concluded that North Korea has achieved miniaturization.
On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea for its continued intercontinental ballistic missile testing.