Sweden’s army chief warns of World War 3 inside Europe ‘within a few years’

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February 2016STOCKHOLM, SwedenSweden, which has not officially been at war in over 200 years, will soon be pulled into a European conflict according to an internal army document sent to soldiers and civil servants ahead of army maneuvers in late January. Citing the situation in Sweden, the recent decisions of domestic politicians, and global instability, the chief of the Swedish army General Anders Brännström told men under his command they could expect to be fighting a war in Europe against skilled opponents “within a few years.”
As well as soldiers, the booklet containing his stark warning has also been given to civil servants, politicians, and guests of next week’s annual maneuvers and military demonstrations and exercises. Discussing the new military budget passed by the Swedish government last year for 2016-2020, General Brännström said: “The requirement of our ability to perform armed combat against a skilled opponent was clear and this in context of the objective to create a front line against military attack and defend Sweden.”
“The global environment we are experiencing which is also demonstrated by strategic decisions [taken by politicians] leads us to the conclusion we could be at war within a few years.” The general said the maneuvers, which this year focus on the Swedish army’s ability to fight and survive a winter war, should be conducted with this security situation in mind.
“One can draw parallels with the 1930s. A great uncertainty and [political] dynamics which then led to a great war. That time we managed to keep out. But it is not at all certain we could succeed this time.” Sweden was politically neutral during the Second World War, while all of its neighbors were invaded or fell under the political influence of the Third Reich or Soviet Russia. It is unusual for a serving senior military figure, much less the professional head of an Army to speak out on such political matters in Europe. Yet these comments are not just the General’s opinion, he added, remarking his senior colleagues all held the same thoughts. He said: “this is a serious position shared by most. This is a completely different situation to the one we had ten years ago.
“There is now a much stronger focus on national defense… it is about preparing for the worst.” Breitbart London interviewed the recently retired head of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre last year, and reported his belief Islamist terror groups would start to launch terror raids on the coasts of southern Europe by boat. Rear Admiral Parry RN told Breitbart London that Islamists could follow the example set by the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008 which saw Islamist commandos land in fast boats and storm the city and kill 150. The Admiral said: “We will soon be experiencing minor hit and run attacks on remote parts of Europe, like Malta and the Greek Islands.” –Breitbart
WW3 ScrollNostradamus – During the time of troubles and WWWIII there will be massive naval, air, and land battles. The ultra-secret weapons that are brought forth will shock and stun the world. The Antichrist will not hesitate to use bacteriological warfare, as well as conventional warfare, causing hunger, fire and plagues. The causative organisms will be more virulent than ever before and, hence, increasingly lethal.
When the Antichrist is taking over Europe, nuclear weapons will wreak havoc like lightning strikes, and from them a “milky rain” will occur. Weapons currently beyond our imagination will wreak unparalleled devastation. Corpses will litter the landscape. The very earth will “cry out in pain.” The Antichrist will be so terrible, horrible, and powerful that the rightful rulers of countries will be utterly terrified and will not do anything to stop his ravages. Entire dynasties will be wiped out.
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Debt, defaults, and devaluations: why this market crash is like nothing we’ve seen before

February 2016ECONOMYA global recession is on the way. This truism of economics holds at any point in which the world is not in the grips of a contraction. The real question is always when and how deep the upcoming downturn will be. “The crash will come, but it would be nice if it came two years from now”, Thomas Thygesen, head of economics at SEB told over 200 commodity investors and analysts in London last month. His audience was rapt with unusual attention. They could be forgiven for thinking the slump had not already arrived.
Commodity prices have crashed by two thirds since their peaks in 2014. Oil has borne the brunt of the sell-off, suffering the worst price collapse in modern history. Brent crude has fallen from $115 a barrel in the summer of 2014, to just $27.70 in mid-January. Plenty of investors sitting in the blue-lit, cavernous surrounds of Bloomberg’s London HQ would have had their fingers burnt by the price capitulation. “They tell you should start your presentations with a joke, but making jokes at a commodities seminar is hardly appropriate these days,” Thygesen told his nervous audience.
Major oil price falls have a number of historical precedents. Today’s glutted oil market is often compared to the crash of 1986, the last major episode over global over-supply. Back in the late 90s, a barrel of Brent crude fell to as low as $10 in the wake of the Asian financial crisis. But is the current oil price collapse really like anything the world economy has ever experienced?

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For many market watchers, a confluence of factors – led by oil, but encompassing China, the emerging world, and financial markets – are all brewing to create a perfect storm in a global economy that has barely come to terms with the Great Recession. “We are in a very unusual situation where market sentiment is of a different nature to anything we’ve seen before,” says Thygesen. Unlike previous pre-recessionary eras, the current sell-off has seen commodity prices, equities and credit conditions all move in dangerous lockstep.
Although a 75pc oil price collapse should represent an unmitigated positive for the world’s fuel thirsty consumers, the sheer scale of the price rout is already imperiling the finances of producer nations from Nigeria to Azerbaijan, and is now threatening to unleash a wave of bankruptcies across corporate America. It is the prospect of this vicious feedback loop – where low oil prices create financial tail risks that spill over into the real economy – which could now propel the world into a “full blown crisis” adds Thygesen. So will it materialize?

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The world economy is throwing up reasons to worry, as the globe’s largest emerging markets have shown signs of deterioration over the last six months, says Olivier Blanchard, the former long-serving chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. But a tipping point may well be approaching. According to Blanchard’s calculations, a 20pc decline in stock markets that persists for more than six months, will translate into a decline in consumption of between 0.5pc to 1.0pc. “This would be a serious shock. My biggest fear is precisely that the dramatic shift in mood becomes self-fulfilling.”
As a result, 2016 is set to see the first wave of corporate bankruptcies in the oil and gas sector. Highly leveraged US shale companies will be the first be picked off. Should escalating defaults have a further depressant effect on oil prices, it could unleash a tidal wave of corporate bankruptcies in the world’s largest economy. Indebtedness is not just the scourge of the US. Globally, the oil and gas industry has issued $1.4 trillion of bonds and taken out a further $1.6 trillion in syndicated loans, driving the sector’s combined debt to $3 trillion, according to the Bank of International Settlements. They warn of an “illusion of sustainability’ that could quickly turn toxic as the credit cycle unravels. The question exercising the minds of economists and investors is the extent to which this contagion could metastasize beyond the energy sector, as banks cut off credit access, loans turn bad, and financial conditions enter a critical tightening phase. –Telegraph
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Razor’s Edge: Venezuela is on the brink of complete economic collapse

February 2016VENEZUELA The only question now is whether Venezuela’s government or economy will completely collapse first. The key word there is “completely.” Both are well into their death throes. Indeed, Venezuela’s ruling party just lost congressional elections that gave the opposition a veto-proof majority, and it’s hard to see that getting any better for them any time soon — or ever. Incumbents, after all, don’t tend to do too well when, according to the International Monetary Fund, their economy shrinks 10 percent one year, an additional 6 percent the next, and inflation explodes to 720 percent. It’s no wonder, then, that markets expect Venezuela to default on its debt in the very near future. The country is basically bankrupt.
That’s not an easy thing to do when you have the largest oil reserves in the world, but Venezuela has managed it. How? Well, a combination of bad luck and worse policies. The first step was when Hugo Chávez’s socialist government started spending more money on the poor, with everything from two-cent gasoline to free housing. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that — in fact, it’s a good idea in general — but only as long as you actually, well, have the money to spend. And by 2005 or so, Venezuela didn’t.
Why not? The answer is that Chávez turned the state-owned oil company from being professionally run to being barely run. People who knew what they were doing were replaced with people who were loyal to the regime, and profits came out but new investment didn’t go in. That last part was particularly bad, because Venezuela’s extra-heavy crude needs to be blended or refined — neither of which is cheap — before it can be sold. So Venezuela just hasn’t been able to churn out as much oil as it used to without upgraded or even maintained infrastructure. Specifically, oil production fell 25 percent between 1999 and 2013.
The rest is a familiar tale of fiscal woe. Even triple-digit oil prices, as Justin Fox points out, weren’t enough to keep Venezuela out of the red when it was spending more on its people but producing less crude. So it did what all poorly run states do when the money runs out: It printed some more. And by “some,” I mean a lot, a lot more. That, in turn, became more “a lots” than you can count once oil started collapsing in mid-2014. The result of all this money-printing, as you can see below, is that Venezuela’s currency has, by black market rates, lost 93 percent of its value in the past two years. It turns out Lenin was wrong. Debauching the currency is actually the best way to destroy the socialist, not the capitalist, system.

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Now you might have noticed that I talked about Venezuela’s black market exchange rate. There’s a good reason for that. Venezuela’s government has tried to deny economic reality with price and currency controls. The idea was that it could stop inflation without having to stop printing money by telling businesses what they were allowed to charge, and then giving them dollars on cheap enough terms that they could actually afford to sell at those prices. The problem with that idea is that it’s not profitable for unsubsidized companies to stock their shelves, and not profitable enough for subsidized ones to do so either when they can just sell their dollars in the black market instead of using them to import things. That’s left Venezuela’s supermarkets without enough food, its breweries without enough hops to make beer, and its factories without enough pulp to produce toilet paper. The only thing Venezuela is well-supplied with are lines.

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Although the government has even started rationing those, kicking people out of line based on the last digit of their national ID card. And it’s only going to get worse. That’s because Socialist president Nicolás Maduro has changed the law so the opposition-controlled National Assembly can’t remove the central bank governor or appoint a new one. Not only that, but Maduro has picked someone who doesn’t even believe there’s such a thing as inflation to be the country’s economic czar. “When a person goes to a shop and finds that prices have gone up,” the new minister wrote, “they are not in the presence of ‘inflation,’ “ but rather “parasitic” businesses that are trying to push up profits as much as possible. According to this — let me be clear — “theory,” printing too much money never causes inflation. And so Venezuela will continue to do so. If past hyperinflations are any guide, this will keep going until Venezuela can’t even afford to run its printing presses anymore — unless Maduro gets kicked out first. –The Independent
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Europe’s migrant crisis worsening: they just keep coming, no end in sight

February 2016EUROPE The perilous flight of refugees continues, with some 67,000 asylum seekers traveling to Europe last month. Meanwhile, the European Union and international donors are poised to increase their aid to one desperate group: Syrians displaced by war. The refugees keep coming. Forced from their homes by war and economic deprivation, tens of thousands of migrants made the perilous journey to Europe last month. These asylum seekers, the latest surge in a great tide of human movement, have braved winter weather, stormy seas and closed borders in their escape from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa.
On Thursday in London, the European Union and international donors are expected to pledge to increase their aid to Syrians displaced by war. The toll, whether measured in lives or in dollars, is staggering. More than 67,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea since the start of the year. By comparison, 5,000 migrants made the journey across the Mediterranean in January 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration. These newcomers join more than one million people who sought refuge in Europe last year. But more telling than the total number of migrants is the number who have been formally resettled: 190 in 2015, despite pledges to relocate almost 200,000.
“We have to go,” said Mohamed Salem Abrahim, a 17-year-old Afghan trying to make his way to Germany. Mohamed arrived in Greece two months ago after traveling through Iran and catching a leaky boat from Turkey. “What is the choice — to stay in our country and be killed, or come to Europe where we can be free?” This year, 368 people have died making the journey across the Mediterranean, 60 of them children, migration figures show. Since the beginning of the year 19,781 minors have arrived in Europe, almost one-third of the total number of people making the journey.
On Saturday, 10 children drowned when a boat carrying them and their families crashed on rocks near Ayvacik, a Turkish resort town. Photos of at least two of the children, their lifeless bodies on a rocky shore, were disturbingly similar to the photographs of the 3-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi that circulated on the Internet in September. The public outcry over repeated images of smartly dressed children washed up on Europe’s shores has been muted. Women and children now make up most of the migrants entering Europe, surpassing single men, who were once the majority of travelers, according to Unicef.
For children, the journey is far more dangerous than a single boat trip. At least 10,000 unaccompanied minors have disappeared in Europe over the past year, according to Europol, the European division of Interpol. Many of those children have slipped through the bureaucratic cracks and found shelter with family members, but the police warned that many others have likely been kidnapped by traffickers. –NY Times
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Iran mocks idea of Saudi troops fighting ISIS – ‘It would be suicide,” Iran says

February 2016GLOBAL CONFLICT If there ever was a more telling statement issued by a foreign power regarding underlying agendas in the Middle Eastern conflict than Iran’s statement on the Saudis entering the war against the Islamic State, I don’t know what it is. Late last week, Saudi Arabia announced it is ready to consider deploying ground troops in the Levant to join the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. Iran promptly mocked the Saudi statement, saying the troops would be immediately wiped out if they joined the war.
Why would Iran be so obviously worried about Saudi providing troops to fight ISIS when Iran’s partner in Syria, Russia, also says they are fighting the Islamic State terrorists? Because it’s not about ISIS and never has been. Russia and Iran are using the fight against ISIS as an excuse to build a new dominant, Shia axis in the region, anchored by an Alawite state in Syria and further extended by Iranian backed militias and Iranian troops themselves from Beirut to Baghdad. Their Sunni adversaries are alarmed at their progress. This is what this conflict has become—a growing conflagration—a Shia vs. Sunni existential fight for Middle Eastern dominance.
“Today, the Saudi kingdom announced its readiness to participate with ground troops with the US-led coalition against ISIL, because we now have the experience in Yemen,” Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told Al Jazeera last Thursday. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter reacted positively, “That kind of news is very welcome,” he told reporters on Thursday. The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Mohammad Ali Jafari, was quick to comment as well, “(The Saudis) have made such a claim but I don’t think they are brave enough to do so… Even if they send troops, they would be definitely defeated … it would be suicide,” reported Reuters.
Peace talks in Geneva collapsed this week as Russian and Iranian-backed forces pressed their new found advantage that Russian air strikes have brought in the war against anti-Assad forces. This is the reason behind the Saudis fresh willingness to commit troops and the Iranian, harsh reaction against this possibility. For its part, Russia has made a deal with the Iranian devil. Russia has teamed up with the Shia, Islamic Republic to reassert Russian influence in the Middle East. Russia’s next moves are unclear but they are building up their military presence.
The Obama administration is hiding in the diplomatic corner, mumbling gibberish about red lines and how they are containing ISIS as the terrorist organization spreads across North Africa. The White House’s incompetence is on full display, or should I say underlying agendas which we know nothing about and won’t until the next administration takes over. One thing is for sure, the world’s great powers are being drawn into this proxy war for control of an historical violent and unstable region of the world. Where this will end, nobody knows. –NBC News
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Surveillance Society: Big Brother has a foothold in our homes

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February 2016GLOBAL TECHNOLOGYIf one needed a reminder to dial into Best Behavior Mode while in public, consider the cautionary tale of a Miami doctor who became a viral sensation — and not in a good way — when she accosted an Uber driver. A five-minute cellphone video, which drew global media coverage, shows the 30-year-old having a tantrum and flinging papers out the passenger window. Viewers can also hear her ordering the driver to “get the f–k into the car, you disgusting piece of s–t.” The fourth-year neurology resident has gone on to publicly apologize for her behavior, adding that her story should serve as a lesson. “To be careful what you do in public,” Anjali Ramkissoon told Good Morning America. “Because the things we do can be taped and we can have to suffer severe ramifications for these things.”
Ramkissoon is hardly the first person to face the consequences of a public meltdown and she certainly won’t be the last. From telltale dash-cam footage to microphones mistakenly left open at meetings, from snarky Facebook postings to revealing Snapchat photos, our lives — the good and the bad, the tiresome and the exciting — are on display for anyone to see. We are watched in every which way, and many simply don’t care or are clueless about what to do about it. It’s scary. The death of privacy has been a long and agonizing one. Surveillance cameras, both public and private, monitor our every movement, which may have reduced crime rates but also has notched away at the concept of personal space. Cellphones reveal our locations, while both credit and loyalty cards track and analyze our habits and preferences.
Speaking of purchases, why is it that every time I’ve searched for a product online, ads touting similar items pop up everywhere? It’s creepy and alarming. If you’re still shrugging your shoulders and blaming my concern on paranoia, keep reading. A search engine for Internet-connected devices, Shodan, now allows users to browse through unsecured webcams, giving virtual Peeping Toms access to people’s private lives. We’re to blame for much of this, as convenience has trumped warnings from privacy advocates. After all, we love to post on Facebook and to set up trip alerts on our favorite budget travel website. (Or at least I do.) To find a nearby restaurant, we allow our phone to snoop on our whereabouts. What else did we expect would happen to all this information?


This kind of spying is just the beginning. Your phone calls are monitored. Your internet searched are logged. Mobile GPS locators on your cell phone track your movements 24/7. Surveillance drones routinely fly over U.S. cities virtually undetected. Security cameras overhead go through a second by second daily wash of driver’s license plates and faces. In our smart home of the future, practically every beloved gadget will collect details of our activities, details that will end up as data in a server used by a company for who knows what. Target marketing may not sound too offensive in a consumer society, but what happens if employers, insurance companies and others have access to personal habits, from when someone showers (and how often) to the kind of food she buys and keeps in her refrigerator. Last month, the Pew Research Center released a report on the state of privacy in America, a 2 1/2-year effort examining how we view both government and commercially motivated surveillance. Not surprisingly, Americans are divided. Some believe there should be more regulation on the retention of data, but others aren’t overly concerned.
Experts, on the other hand, predict that few of us will have the resources — or energy — to protect ourselves from the constant and omniscient snooping. Privacy protection will become a luxury good, one most will find unaffordable. And to think we used to (rightfully) worry about the NSA prying. Now Big Brother is living with us, a faithful and welcomed part of our growing family of gadgets. –The Desert Sun
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U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he would back a preemptive strike on North Korea

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February 2016WASHINGTON Republican candidates Saturday delivered cautious answers on the question of how they would respond to this weekend’s provocative rocket launch by North Korea — all except one. Asked at a nationally televised debate hosted by ABC News if they would consider a preemptive strike against the rocket as it sat on its launch pad in North Korea, candidates largely demurred — but Jeb Bush said he would approve a strike. “If a preemptive strike is necessary to keep us safe, then we should do it,” Bush said. The remarks are noteworthy because the former Florida governor has struggled throughout his campaign to defend his brother former President George W. Bush’s decision to launch 2003 invasion of Iraq. That war, based in part on the faulty intelligence about weapons of mass destruction which never turned up, defined the Bush administration and came to represent the risks of preemptive war.
Other candidates took care to avoid committing on the question. “At this point I’m not going to speculate on that without the intelligence briefing knowing what exactly is there,” Sen. Ted Cruz said, answering first. Pushed by ABC News moderators on the fact that he had talked tough on Middle East policy without the benefit of the latest intelligence reports, Cruz said that while he regularly receives intelligence as a U.S. senator, he has not seen intelligence reports on Saturday’s rocket launch because he had been in New Hampshire campaigning. Reports of the rocket launch came only minutes before candidates took the stage Saturday. North Korea had been warning for several days that it was planning the launch. The country also claimed it had tested a hydrogen bomb last month.
Cruz later added that dealing with countries that are already nuclear powers is “qualitatively different” than dealing with countries that are not. Syria, in which ISIS makes its headquarters and which Cruz has vowed to “carpet bomb,” is not a nuclear power. Rubio also declined to say whether he’d launch a preemptive strike against the North Korean rocket, though he said as a matter of policy the U.S. government has contingency plans to shoot down missiles in mid-flight which are threatening the US. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that the U.S. should have given Japan assurances that it would have American support were it to take its own action to stop the rocket. Trump avoided answering the question of a preemptive strike and said instead that China has “tremendous control” over events inside its ally North Korea. “I would get on with China,” Trump said. “Let China solve that problem. They can do it quickly and surgically.” –NBC News
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North Korea fires missile in protest of UN test ban treaty

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February 2016NORTH KOREA – North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. The rocket was fired from North Korea’s west coast and tracked separately by the governments Japan and South Korea, which immediately convened a an emergency national security council meeting. South Korean media reported that the rocket may have failed, but provided no other details. The South Korean government couldn’t immediately confirm the reports.
 The launch came about two hours after an eight-day launch window opened Sunday morning. It follows North Korea’s widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb. Washington, Seoul and their allies will consider it a further provocation and will push for more tough sanctions in the United Nations. A South Korean defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the rocket disappeared from South Korean military radars around six minutes after its launch. The official said there were no immediate reports of debris landing on South Korean territory or damaging property. The rocket’s first stage fell off South Korea’s west coast, the official said.
Japan’s NHK broadcaster showed footage of an object visible in the skies from the southern island of Okinawa that was believed to be the rocket. Japanese chief Cabinet spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that no debris fell on Japanese territory. North Korean rocket and nuclear tests are seen as crucial steps toward the North’s ultimate goal of a nuclear armed long-range missile arsenal. North Korea under leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to bolster its nuclear arsenal unless Washington scraps what Pyongyang calls a hostile policy meant to collapse Kim’s government. The global condemnation began almost immediately.
 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the North Korean rocket launch and the recent nuclear test violations of U.N. agreements. “We absolutely cannot allow this,” he told reporters at the prime minister’s residence. “We will take action to totally protect the safety and well-being of our people.” U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a statement that “North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs represent serious threats to our interests – including the security of some of our closest allies – and undermine peace and security in the broader region.” The United States and Japan requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sunday morning. Their request said that North Korea has violated a Security Council ban on ballistic missile launches.
Kim Jong Un has overseen two of the North’s four nuclear tests and three long-range rocket tests since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011. North Korea says its rocket launches are satellite missions, but the U.S., South Korea and others say they are a covert test of ballistic missile technology. The U.N. Security Council prohibits North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity. Experts say that ballistic missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology. The Jan. 6 nuclear test has led to another push in the U.N. to tighten sanctions. North Korea in 2013 also did a nuclear test and then unnerved the international community by orchestrating an escalating campaign of bombast, including threats to fire nuclear missiles at the U.S. and Seoul. –News Inc.
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North Korea successfully launches long-range missile, U.S. officials confirm

February 2016NORTH KOREA U.S. officials say North Korea has successfully launched a long-range missile, apparently into space, and condemned the move as another provocation from the country. But the missile did not pose a threat to the United States or its allies, officials said. “At no time was the missile or the resultant debris a threat to the United States or its allies,” said a statement from U.S. Pacific Command. According to a US official, the missile was launched from western North Korea at 7:29 PM ET in a trajectory that took it over the Yellow Sea. The Japanese government said that the missile had traveled 2,000 km south and parts had landed in the South China Sea.
A U.S. official said it appeared that the missile’s third stage had entered space. The successful entry of the third stage into space would be of major concern to U.S. officials who have said that the North Korean “satellite launch” was really a cover for a test of its intercontinental ballistic missile technology. “North Korea’s launch using ballistic missile technology, following so closely after its January 6 nuclear test, represents yet another destabilizing and provocative action and is a flagrant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions,” said Susan Rice, National Security Adviser in a statement issued after Saturday night’s launch.
“We condemn today’s launch and North Korea’s determination to prioritize its missile and nuclear weapons programs over the well-being of its people, whose struggles only intensify with North Korea’s diversion of scarce resources to such destabilizing activities,” she added. The UN Security Council will meet in an emergency session on Sunday to discuss the North Korean missile launch. “We will continue to work with our partners and members of the UN Security Council on significant measures to hold the DPRK to account,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement. In January, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, though the United States said analysis showed that was not the case. –ABC News
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