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The opening of James Clapper

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On Tuesday, at a hearing in Congress, US National Intelligence Director James Klapper presented an annual report on the intelligence services ’assessment of the global challenges to the security of the United States of America. The head of American intelligence reported on the resumption of plutonium production in North Korea. In addition, despite warnings about the inadmissibility of the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the DPRK is developing such a missile.




North Korea has resumed operation of the plutonium reactor in Yongbyon and can build up plutonium reserves in a few weeks, reports the statement of the Director of National Intelligence of the USA James Clapper "BBC".

“We believe that North Korea uses the reactor long enough to begin to extract plutonium within a few weeks or months,” said Klapper.

According to Clapper, Pyongyang is also trying to create an intercontinental ballistic missile.

To produce a twenty kiloton nuclear bomb would take four kilograms of plutonium. The BBC recalled that Pyongyang had promised several times to stop work at the nuclear center in Yongbyon, and even destroyed the ventilation cooling tower of the installation in 2008. Earlier, in the 2007 year, in the framework of the agreements reached at the negotiations on the Pyongyang nuclear program with the participation of two Koreas, China, Russia, the USA and Japan, the 5 MW reactor was stopped.

The situation changed in March 2013: after the cooling of relations with Washington and the introduction of new UN sanctions, the DPRK authorities promised to launch the reactor.

The North Korean government, let us add, in some cases, the words are not the wind that does not throw. After waiting two and a half years, in September, the DPRK's 2015 power was launched.

North Korea fully resumed nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, 15 reported September 2015 "Lenta.ru" with reference to the North Korean agency TsTAK.

The director of the atomic energy institute of the DPRK stated that all the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, including the uranium enrichment plant and the five-megawatt graphite reactor, were rebuilt, modernized and now put into operation.

A North Korean official also said that Pyongyang’s creation of a nuclear weapons - a forced measure in the conditions of the hostile policy pursued by the United States: "If the United States and other hostile forces continue their reckless hostile policies towards the DPRK and behave maliciously, the DPRK will be completely ready to deal with them by using nuclear weapons."

Apparently, “hostile forces” pursuing a “hostile policy” are at risk of running into a “reprisal” soon, because, according to the experts to whom Utro.ru, to get 4 kg of plutonium, the nuclear reactor in Yongbyon needs to work for a year. If the plant operates with an estimated capacity, then in September 2016, the North Korean army will receive the required amount of radioactive substance.

As for the manufacture of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear charge to the other end of the world, then, “Morning”, the DPRK has repeatedly conducted in recent years, tests of missiles of various classes, veiled by launches of space satellites. Interestingly, the message about the restarting of the plutonium reactor coincided with another such launch: February 7 Pyongyang announced the launch of a carrier rocket with an artificial Earth satellite "Quanmenson-4", supposedly to collect data on the state of farmland.

The Pentagon claims that this satellite has an unstable orbit, randomly tumbling into near-Earth space. Specialists of the Russian rocket and technical industry note that the device does not transmit signals. How to explain it? The satellite was either damaged during takeoff, or it is not a vehicle, but a full-size model. “If the latter is true,” writes “Morning,” then it is absolutely obvious that it was launched into space to avert the eyes, and the true purpose of the launch is to test the rocket. ”

Mr. Klapper recalled the so-called test of the DPRK thermonuclear bomb.

US intelligence comes from the fact that the test explosion made by the DPRK 6 in January 2016, according to its power, could not be thermonuclear, according to James Klapper.

"We believe that North Korea conducted a nuclear explosion on January 6," Clapper quotes TASS. - She herself claims that it was a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. But, although we continue to evaluate what has happened, the low power of the explosion is incompatible with the successful testing of a thermonuclear device. ”

Together with Klapper, indicates TASS, the director of the CIA of the USA John Brennan participated in the hearings. He appreciated the intentions of the leader of the DPRK.

“In my opinion, it’s quite obvious that Kim Jong-un is trying to demonstrate to the world that he has a certain potential, both in terms of explosions and in intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Brennan said. “He wants to show all this visually, both in order to demonstrate his strength, and in order to facilitate the marketing of some of his distribution capabilities.” According to the director of the CIA, all this is alarming for the US intelligence community. Therefore, the DPRK is a "priority area for gathering information."

Recall that in January of this year in the DPRK, as it is supposed, a hydrogen bomb was tested. The experts either considered this test to be a failure, or were inclined to believe that Pyongyang would test a “normal” nuclear bomb, issued as a hydrogen bomb.

In addition, in February, the DPRK launched a long-range strategic missile.

The development of the nuclear and missile programs of Kim Jong-un has led to the intentions of Japan, South Korea and the United States to work on the introduction of new, particularly strong, sanctions against North Korea that violated the UN sanctions regime.

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  1. MuadDib
    MuadDib 11 February 2016 07: 48 New
    +1
    In the US, various officials like to talk about national threats to their state. But they deliberately do not notice the obvious - the biggest threat to the United States is neither the DPRK, nor the Zika virus, nor Russia, nor even DAISH. The most dangerous thing for the USA is its government. Why? I think there is nothing to explain here.
    As for the ambitions of the DPRK, or rather one person, their national leader, they are directed in a completely false direction. Kim Jong-un probably wonders why the citizens are trying to escape from the country he runs. Or, at least, to leave for work in the Russian Federation, for example. The answer is simple: no one wants to be born in prison to spend his whole life in it.
    All of the above, is my personal opinion.
    1. ovod84
      ovod84 11 February 2016 08: 20 New
      +3
      Well said, but I haven’t heard something about the mass run from the DPRK
      1. Andrey Yuryevich
        Andrey Yuryevich 11 February 2016 08: 28 New
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        there are few countries from which they do not leave at all. and what the DPRK is doing is just a matter of survival, well, they don't want capitalist "values"! all you need is to leave them alone, as well as us by the way ...
      2. MuadDib
        MuadDib 11 February 2016 09: 02 New
        -4
        And I have not heard about the mass races.
      3. Bayonet
        Bayonet 11 February 2016 09: 09 New
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        Quote: ovod84
        Well said, but I haven’t heard something about the mass run from the DPRK
        The number of refugees since the end of the Korean War is more than 24.
        On the other hand, the South does not really want to encourage migration. Thousands of refugees, in their mass - poorly educated, with poor health, without special qualifications - put a strain on the South Korean social security system, but do not give a significant gain in terms of ideological struggle with the North.
    2. vadgen
      vadgen 11 February 2016 09: 10 New
      +6
      why from the country controlled by him, citizens try to escape

      You know, having lived all my life in the Far East, I have never heard of the citizens of North Korea asking us for asylum, although they come to work. Could it be that rumors that "citizens are trying to escape" are greatly exaggerated?
      1. MuadDib
        MuadDib 12 February 2016 04: 17 New
        +1
        I work as a watchman at a construction site. And the citizens of the DPRK work there. Yesterday I talked to one. First I asked him what he thought about the launch of the launch vehicle and the satellite. He waved his hand and said that they did not need this. They should eat their fill. Immediately the second question arose: "What is bad with your food there?" Han, as the Korean introduced himself, said that there are more rifles in the country than porridge. Then he asked him: "If you could, would you move with your family to Russia?" He immediately answered in the affirmative. And he added that he envies us - the Russians. We, he says, have so many opportunities. People use their own cars, and in Korea only "big captains" have cars.
        I asked him about the banks and the opportunity to save up for something. Khan said there are few banks. And it makes no sense to carry money there. Because they may not give. Therefore, all money is stored at home. But the savings are extremely modest.
        He asked if I was sleeping on duty. I replied no. After all, they can steal something. He was surprised and began to say that there were no thieves in Vladivostok! But in the DPRK there are a lot of thieves, because people are poor. Particularly zealous thieves and robbers are shot. He also added that there are many prostitutes. They are illegal. Caught prostitutes hanged. Khan saw it many times himself. Executions are public.
        He was also surprised to learn that I served only a year. And they, it’s not a secret for a long time, the service is ten years.
        Here is such a great North Korea through the eyes of the builder Khan. Does anyone want to go there for permanent residence? Or maybe he wants to implement an analog in the Russian Federation?
        1. PKK
          PKK 12 February 2016 05: 49 New
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          You would ask if young people thrive there or if they have early sex, which stops the development of a teenager. That's interesting.
          1. MuadDib
            MuadDib 13 February 2016 05: 11 New
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            I asked. Alcohol is expensive in the DPRK. Of course, only "captains" can use it over the edge. Occasionally and a little bit, at home, students drink. The workers also rarely drink. Khan himself does not drink at all. He only smokes.
            Among children of school age there is no indulgence in alcohol.
            Khan said they have a lot of drug addicts. Opium. If I understood it correctly. They are all hiding, of course. If the addict is caught, then he will be punished. "A little room" - so he said. Prison, I guess.
            There is no early sex. He is banned. The Korean asked, what if this happens? Both will be punished. How, he could not explain, so I understood. But it was like censure and shame. After this execution, adolescents will continue their education.
            Honestly, it’s hard to imagine that teenagers do something like that there. Everything is controlled. After school, guys, if they don’t enter the institute, go to serve in the army for ten years. After that, many get married.
            Khan is 36 years old. His son is seven. He is in first grade.
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    3. siberalt
      siberalt 11 February 2016 12: 56 New
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      Do not bother North Koreans to live in their crap and you will be happy! laughing
  2. Blondy
    Blondy 11 February 2016 08: 36 New
    +3
    Thanks to the reinforced concrete leader of the Korean people, Kim Jong-un, for the appearance of yet another missile defense system at the eastern borders of Russia.
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 11 February 2016 08: 38 New
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    The head of US intelligence announced the resumption of plutonium production in North Korea.


    Where is the test tube? Without a test tube is not convincing! laughing
  4. unknown
    unknown 11 February 2016 09: 42 New
    -15 qualifying.
    Another "Infant Terribble"?

    And who said that he is independent?

    The great and terrible Stalin completely followed the line of American politics: with the help of the United States, he created the military industry, helped to destroy the British Empire. Even the ruble before the war was pegged to the dollar. It was worth deviating from the general line of the Washington regional committee ... and there is no Stalin ... died ... poisoned.

    The great and terrible Saddam also played for the USA. One war with Iran was worth what. I wanted to be independent ... I got "Desert Storm", I couldn't calm down ... the second.

    The great and terrible Gaddafi was on the same side. But I wanted more. Golden dinar to him, you see, it was needed ... The result is known.

    According to some information, dollars for Asia do not cross the ocean, but are printed on the spot. In the DPRK.
    The boy is endured while he plays by the rules. What about the regime? But you never know the synarchists tried regimes.
    Just working out one of the options for the New World Order.
  5. Old26
    Old26 11 February 2016 10: 29 New
    +2
    Quote: MuadDib
    In the US, various officials like to talk about national threats to their state.

    Ours would so often talk about threats to Russia's national security, like the Americans.
    As for the nuclear program and everything else. The mechanism is running and nothing will stop it. Eun will never agree to close his nuclear program - it would be a blow to his image. And the rest, including and Russia will still try to do something. But will there be an effect from this?
    They have some kind of charge, the reactor and other production - too. It is almost impossible to interrupt 100% contacts with the outer worlds (in this area). So "this headache" will conduct its policy, balancing on the edge of a knife.
  6. Belousov
    Belousov 11 February 2016 11: 08 New
    +1
    Where is Russia in the report? Without Russian bears with drunk balalaikas at nuclear reactors, the report is not accepted!
  7. Lelek
    Lelek 11 February 2016 11: 39 New
    +2
    (... all this is alarming for the US intelligence community. Therefore, the DPRK is a "priority area for collecting information.")

    And he climbed so mysterious, and tears so thoughtful .... bully
  8. triglav
    triglav 11 February 2016 11: 53 New
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    It is good that Eun is keeping America and NATO in good shape. But we should hold on to the Korean. Forgot who helped his country. It must be reminded.
    1. Heinrich ruppert
      Heinrich ruppert 11 February 2016 13: 41 New
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      Quote: triglav
      It is good that Eun is keeping America and NATO in good shape.

      At the same time, it gives "the right to the exclusive", as Blondy's colleague nominated, to deploy missile defense systems in the east of Russia. This means NN puts a big pig on Russia and China.
  9. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 11 February 2016 12: 55 New
    +1
    What is surprising is this. The USA has torn many countries of the Middle East. And they threaten North Korea with just a finger. Are they afraid - then they respect?
  10. lex locis
    lex locis 11 February 2016 14: 05 New
    +3
    The country has the right to self-defense.
    If Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein had atomic weapons (or at least chemical - "an atomic bomb for the poor"), they would be careful not to democratize them ....
    Therefore, at first they were deprived of such an opportunity, and then, knowing for sure that there was not even chemical weapons, shaking them with test tubes and UN resolutions, they strangled them completely "peacefully" and completely "democratically", and plundered the countries (sorry, democratized) ...
  11. Old26
    Old26 11 February 2016 15: 10 New
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    Quote: triglav
    It is good that Eun is keeping America and NATO in good shape. But we should hold on to the Korean. Forgot who helped his country. It must be reminded.

    Support Eun? In what? In his antics?
    Thank God that the next agreement with the DPRK, prolonged in 2000, does not contain an article on "mutual assistance in case of aggression." Eun, in general, spits on both Russia and the PRC, which supported the sanctions against the DPRK. So why support him? Or as the saying goes "to spite my grandmother's ears frostbite"? That is, I will support the DPRK in spite of the United States?
    No, this will not happen. The ideology in our country has changed and we can’t support such a regime

    Quote: Heinrich Ruppert
    At the same time, it gives "the right to the exclusive", as Blondy's colleague nominated, to deploy missile defense systems in the east of Russia. This means NN puts a big pig on Russia and China.

    And he does not think about it. He recalls the help of China or Russia when he is driven into a corner. Not only is the next missile defense zone (fortunately it does not concern Russia, only China), the DPRK also spits on the opinions of both China and Russia.

    Quote: Pvi1206
    What is surprising is this. The USA has torn many countries of the Middle East. And they threaten North Korea with just a finger. Are they afraid - then they respect?

    And you will notice which countries are derbanil. In principle, that were self-sufficient. And to DPRK and then feed 25 million hungry - who needs it.

    Quote: lex locis
    The country has the right to self-defense.
    If Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein had atomic weapons (or at least chemical - "an atomic bomb for the poor"), they would be careful not to democratize them ....
    Therefore, at first they were deprived of such an opportunity, and then, knowing for sure that there was not even chemical weapons, shaking them with test tubes and UN resolutions, they strangled them completely "peacefully" and completely "democratically", and plundered the countries (sorry, democratized) ...

    As for Iraq, it really destroyed almost ALL chemical weapons. But even having him would not help him. It’s one thing to poison one’s own, another thing is to use it against others. And against whom to apply? Against the coalition forces - it’s stupid, against the population of Israel - too, since the number of carriers capable of getting Israeli territory was limited, and the accuracy was such that it didn’t hit the city.
    In Libya, at the time of the overthrow of Gaddafi, chemical weapons were practically not destroyed, and where it is now - Allah knows. Of the 23 tons of mustard gas by October 31.10.2010, 1, 4,35 ton or 1300% was destroyed, of 4,4 tons of precursors - 0,34 tons of phosphorus chloride (or XNUMX%)
    1. Heinrich ruppert
      Heinrich ruppert 11 February 2016 16: 14 New
      +1
      Quote: Old26
      And he does not think about it. He recalls the help of China or Russia when he is driven into a corner. Not only is the next missile defense zone (fortunately it does not concern Russia, only China), the DPRK also spits on the opinions of both China and Russia.

      The fact of the matter is that he was part of a group that "Fortified" in the seventies relations with China. So he feels very at ease in these areas.
  12. Old26
    Old26 11 February 2016 18: 37 New
    0
    It is this volatility that leads him to nonsense. Or does he think that Russia or China will protect him all the time? And so our two countries are trying to the maximum to neutralize the sanctions against him, but when it comes to global problems (nuclear missile) here both China and Russia come forward with all the other permanent members of the Security Council on the same side
    1. Heinrich ruppert
      Heinrich ruppert 11 February 2016 18: 53 New
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      Quote: Old26
      but when it comes to global problems (nuclear missile) here both China and Russia come forward with all the other permanent members of the Security Council on the same side

      And he doesn’t care if there is any nuclear shield behind him either. And he perfectly understands this. Plus, he has enough means and levers of pressure on many countries. Therefore, Putin is talking to him as if he were far from being a stupid person and who has leverage.
  13. hobot
    hobot 11 February 2016 19: 54 New
    +1
    The Americans decided to take the place of the Most High on the planet.
    It will end sadly for them and for the planet ....
  14. Old26
    Old26 11 February 2016 21: 28 New
    +1
    Quote: Heinrich Ruppert
    And he doesn’t care if there is any nuclear shield behind him either.

    Let's not look at the world through pink glasses. As such nuclear shield They dont have.
    Nuclear charges were tested, but it is not known how portable they are. There are no carriers capable of striking the United States. And if it starts, then these few charges will not save them. In any case, if they use the first WMD, this will be the beginning of the end.
    So far, only games on the nerves of all.

    Quote: Heinrich Ruppert
    And he understands this perfectly.

    Realizes that this will not change anything in the existing situation. Purely psychological pressure on neighbors, like "wow, how cool we are, we will solve everyone"

    Quote: Heinrich Ruppert
    Plus, he has enough means and levers of pressure on many countries.

    Well that's said too much. More likely means of blackmail, not pressure

    Quote: Heinrich Ruppert
    Therefore, Putin is talking to him as if he were far from being a stupid person and who has leverage.

    Someone does not say that he is a stupid person. And Putin speaks even with those who have a frank zero. Here, Eun is not zero. On leverage - higher
    1. Heinrich ruppert
      Heinrich ruppert 11 February 2016 21: 55 New
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      Quote: Old26
      Let's look at the world not through pink glasses

      So I’m telling you, let's look real.
      Quote: Old26
      As such, they do not have a nuclear shield.

      This is you in vain. There are enough launchers and strategic aviation. Even provided that 30% is combat-ready, this is already more than necessary to destroy the world or cause permanent damage.

      Quote: Old26
      There are no carriers capable of striking the United States.

      Who are you talking about? Vomi and I are currently talking about Putin and Kisenger. I wrote to you about these two people. About the American and Russian nuclear shields. Here, Un. And I wrote to you that this half-wit Eun gives rise to amers to deploy additional missile defense bases thereby creating additional tension in the Asian pool. Something you mixed all three into a bunch, please disassemble at least a little bit.
      I wrote about nonsense of Kesenger and not Eun.
  15. Old26
    Old26 11 February 2016 21: 35 New
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    Quote: hobot
    The Americans decided to take the place of the Almighty on the planet. The sad end for them and for the planet ....

    Well, when you have one of the strongest armies, it increases conceit. But they are well aware that they have a counterbalance
  16. Ivan Burygin
    Ivan Burygin 11 February 2016 22: 21 New
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    Quote: MuadDib
    And I have not heard about the mass races.

    Strange people in the EU are head over heels in bearded "onizhedey" with BV, their children were tolerantly forced to work as "onizhedey" in schools by the appearance of 30 years old, and according to documents there are 14-year-olds (EU believes a word), their mothers and wives rape, but this is TOLERANT, so don't care about everything, the main thing is to closely watch the entrance to the DPRK, God forbid the ghost of communism will be strengthened at the expense of the entrance ... request
  17. Old26
    Old26 12 February 2016 10: 04 New
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    Quote: Heinrich Ruppert
    Who are you talking about? Vomi and I are currently talking about Putin and Kisenger

    Of course, I'm wildly sorry, but where does Putin and Kissinger?
    The article is actually about the hearings in Congress of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States, James Clapper, and his vision of a problem with the DPRK. Have you accidentally messed up branches? After all, there is a topic about Putin-Kissinger.

    And your question, what does Eun have to do with it - so it has the most direct meaning regarding this topic
    Yes, you wrote correctly that it gives an occasion to deploy a missile defense system on the territory of the Korean peninsula. All other conversations that he spit on the PRC and Russia - it was Eun. And you suddenly jumped on the topic of Kissinder and Putin. What does this have to do with it?

    But even here you generally said, sorry, stupidity, describing the American nuclear shield by the term some no. But it is, by the way
    1. Heinrich ruppert
      Heinrich ruppert 12 February 2016 23: 37 New
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      Quote: Old26
      Of course, I'm wildly sorry

      And I also apologize, wrote in an ironic form. And you didn’t perceive it.