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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The spine-chilling question: could Kim press the button?

Prophecy Sign:  Wars & Rumors of Wars

The question remains:  Is North Korean leader Kim Jung-un crazy and dangerous enough to launch a nuclear weapon over South Korea, or elsewhere?  We are indeed living in dangerous times with rumors of wars popping up all over the globe, (Russia/Turkey, Iran/Saudi Arabia, North Korea/Anybody).

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Mark 13:7-8 NIV

The spine-chilling question: could Kim press the button?
The pressing question the world is now asking is if North Korea did develop a hydrogen bomb, would they ever use it? Is Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un really that dangerous? In what now seems a chilling New Year message, he threatened 'a merciless sacred war of justice' if North Korea suffered the slightest provocation from its several enemies. Might 'sacred war' involve using nuclear weapons, and perhaps a hydrogen bomb (if North Korea really has one)? We just don't know. What we do know is that in the space of a week the world is already a more dangerous place.  

Right now, geologists and nuclear scientists will be poring over the seismic data from North Korea, desperately trying to work out whether the device that caused an explosion with a magnitude of 5.1 yesterday morning really was — as the North Koreans claim — a hydrogen bomb. But to an extent, whatever they discover doesn't really matter. It is quite worrying enough that North Korea has 'traditional' fission-based nuclear weapons. Although the blast from these is less than from a hydrogen bomb, would it really matter whether a city is blasted into rubble or into dust? 

N. Korea in advanced stages of miniaturizing nuke weapons: officials
North Korea is presumed to be in the advanced stages of miniaturizing nuclear bombs to be loadable onto ballistic missiles, possibly including hydrogen bombs, which the country claimed to have tested a day earlier. North Korea announced that it has conducted its fourth nuclear test on Wednesday, apparently taking one step further toward its goal of developing nuclear weapon-fitted ballistic missiles. The outside world, however, suspects that the detonation may not have been hydrogen-based because the explosive power registered from the Wednesday test was far too week for an H-bomb. Whether it was a hydrogen bomb or an atomic bomb, South Korean government officials presumed on Thursday that North Korea may be in possession of nuclear weapons weighing about 4 tons, still too heavy to be carried by a ballistic missile. The weapons need to be further downsized to 500-600 kilograms in order to be fitted onto a ballistic missile, the officials said. According to some intelligence authorities, the North's quest for the smaller nuclear warhead is well under way.

The Bad Blood Between Russia and Turkey Is Spreading to Armenia and Azerbaijan
Escalating tensions between Russia and Turkey have spread to the Caucasus, a volatile region where both powers have long contested each other's influence. After Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane that allegedly flew into Turkish airspace last week, a Cold War-style war of words erupted between Ankara and Moscow. Turkey has refused to apologize for the incident, while Russia has blocked sales of tourism packages to Turkey, imposed sanctions on Turkish fruits and vegetables, and accused Turkey of buying oil from the Islamic State. Now the two sides are squaring off over the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two tiny former Soviet republics that have been at loggerheads since a six-year war over an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan called Nagorno-Karabakh ended in 1994.

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