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‘Matter of very short time’ before N. Korea has capability to send nuke to US – Pentagon

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford told Congress that the US should assume that North Korea already has the capability to attack the US with a nuclear weapon, and plan accordingly.

It is the US military’s judgement that it is a matter of a “very short time” before North Korea is able to attack the US, Dunford told Senators of the Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

“We should assume now that they have the capability,” although there are still some technical details that the North is working on, he said, adding that Pyongyang has already demonstrated the willingness to use the weapon.

Source: ‘Matter of very short time’ before N. Korea has capability to send nuke to US – Pentagon

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US sanctions 8 North Korean banks, 26 individuals

The Trump administration has announced sanctions against eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals, who the US says act as the banks’ representatives in various countries, including China, Russia, Libya and the United Arab Emirates.https://www.rt.com/usa/404682-us-sanctions-north-korean-banks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Source: US sanctions 8 North Korean banks, 26 individuals

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China says situation on Korean peninsula very dangerous

BEIJING (Reuters) – The situation on the Korean peninsula is at a very dangerous stage, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told counterparts from the BRICS group of nations, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The urgent task is to prevent North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs progressing and to avoid a further escalation in tensions and to especially prevent resorting to arms, Wang said, speaking in New York on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting.

Source: China says situation on Korean peninsula very dangerous

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As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise

For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials — including former CIA Director James Woolsey — have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Only now as tensions with North Korea quickly escalate — with the rogue nation refusing to back down from its nuclear testing and threats of such an onslaught — is the matter really generating attention.

But according to U.S. defense and security officials, while there are players purporting to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure given millions of American lives on the line, the reality is that no one really knows what will happen and what can be done.

“We recognize that an EMP event would have extremely dire consequences for the entire country, but where the challenge comes is in attempting to quantify those impacts,” one high-ranking Department of Homeland Security official, who requested anonymity, told Fox News. “This is not something we have had a lot of real world experience with.”

Source: As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise

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Mobile phone charger ignites on London Underground train, forces Tower Hill evacuation

Police have evacuated Tower Hill tube station amid reports of a ‘minor explosion’ in a train carriage, thought to have been caused by an overheated mobile phone charger. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers have since confirmed that a flaming package seen in pictures posted online was in fact a faulty mobile phone charger.
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Some of those on the platform at the time of the incident said they saw the charger “hissing and smoking” in the carriage.

Source: Mobile phone charger ignites on London Underground train, forces Tower Hill evacuation

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