Wednesday News And Notes
North Korean Nukes?
The Department of Defense maintains that a North Korean missile that has never been tested is nevertheless capable of being outfitted with a nuclear warhead and hitting the United States.
Ever since the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile was dragged around a Pyongyang parade ground in 2012, many analysts have contended maintained that it was simply a mock up built for propaganda purposes. But Adm. William Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, believes that North Korea has “the ability to put a nuclear weapon on a KN-08 and shoot it at the homeland,” reports Bloomberg News.
Further information can be obtained at 38 North, a project of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and their new report The Future of North Korean Nuclear Delivery Systems.
Assad Regime May Work with Palestinians at Yarmouk
Following discussions with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the regime of Syrian dictator Bashir Assad is reportedly considering ceasing its bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which has come under attack from the Islamic State. Assad forces may shift to supporting Palestinian military action.
At least 2,000 refugees have fled the camp and those remaining are caught between bombing by Assad and sniper fire from the Islamic State. “If you want to feed your children, you need to take your funeral shroud with you,” said a resident, according to YNetNews. “There are snipers on every street, you are not safe anywhere.”
Obama’s Upcoming Trip To Kenya In The Wake Of Terror Attack
After last week’s attack on Christians, concerns about security are being raised, particularly about the ability of the Kenyan government to keep its people safe, and whether al-Shabaab might try to stage an attack to take advantage of the world’s attention during Obama’s visit, reports Fox News.