US Sets DEFCON 3 as Chinese Troops Mass at North Korean Border

DEFCON 3 has been set in the US Friday after tensions with North Korea build up.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 12: U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry (L) and South Korean Foreign minister Yun Byung-Se (R) attend a joint press conference on April 12, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Kerry is on a tour of Asia, visiting South Korea and Japan and will discuss issues surrounding North Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – APRIL 12: U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry (L) and South Korean Foreign minister Yun Byung-Se (R) attend a joint press conference on April 12, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Kerry is on a tour of Asia, visiting South Korea and Japan and will discuss issues surrounding North Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

by Shepard Ambellas
dev-test.intellihub.com
April 12, 1013

WASHINGTON — For the first time since the terror attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, the US has now set its DEFCON status to level 3.

According to Wikipedia, “A defense readiness condition (DEFCON) is an alert posture used by the United States Armed Forces. The DEFCON system was developed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and unified and specified combatant commands. It prescribes five graduated levels of readiness (or states of alert) for the U.S. military, and increase in severity from DEFCON 5 (least severe) to DEFCON 1 (most severe) to match varying military situations.

DEFCONs are a subsystem of a series of Alert Conditions, or LERTCONs, that also includes Emergency Conditions (EMERGCONs). DEFCONs should not be confused with similar systems used by the U.S. military, such as Force Protection Conditions (FPCONS), Readiness Conditions (REDCONS), Information Operations Condition (INFOCON) and its future replacement Cyber Operations Condition (CYBERCON), and Watch Conditions (WATCHCONS), or the former Homeland Security Advisory System used by the United States Department of Homeland Security.” 

Now with the recent escalation of activity in and around the Korean Peninsula  the Pentagon announced that, “There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time, however the situation is considered fluid and can change rapidly.” However, the Pentagon did state that, “North Korea probably has nuclear weapons that can be mounted on ballistic missiles” raising the eyebrows of some.

Other reports show Chinese troops are now massing along the North Korean border in response to a medium range missile that was relocated last week to the East coast of North Korea. It also appears North Korea is now also planning another “test” missile launch for around the 15th of April provoking Japan to issue orders to shoot down any test missile entering or flying over Japan’s airspace.

North Korea has been warned about this test. In fact, an excerpt from the New York Times reads, “Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, on Friday not to proceed with a test launching of its Musudan missile and underscored that his nation would be defeated if a conflict broke out.

 The missile has a range of up to 2,500 miles, according to American officials, which means it has the potential to strike targets in South Korea, all of Japan and even Guam. South Korean officials said earlier this week that North Korea had made preparations to test the missile, and an American official told reporters on Friday that a launching could come at any time.”

As of now US officials claim that the threat to the mainland is low, but the situation remains volatile and could progress rapidly.

Some US sources claim that the North Koreans have the capability to also launch a high altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) strike against the US. This could explain why various bases around the US were placed on alert for just that, according to sources.

 

Sources:

^http://defconwarningsystem.com/

^http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFCON

^http://www.debka.com/article/22893/US-raises-nuclear-alert-to-DEFCON-3-China-mobilizes-masses-troops-on-North-Korean-border

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