THE GROWING NUCLEAR THREAT
World headed for new era of nuclear rearmament: SIPRI
June 14, 2022 — SpaceWar.com reports: “The number of nuclear weapons in the world is set to rise in the coming decade after 35 years of decline as global tensions flare amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, researchers said Monday.
The nine nuclear powers — Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, the United States and Russia — had 12,705 nuclear warheads in early 2022, or 375 fewer than in early 2021, according to estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
The number has come down from a high of more than 70,000 in 1986, as the US and Russia have gradually reduced their massive arsenals built up during the Cold War.
But this era of disarmament appears to be coming to an end and the risk of a nuclear escalation is now at its highest point in the post-Cold War period, SIPRI researchers said.
‘Soon, we’re going to get to the point where, for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the global number of nuclear weapons in the world could start increasing for the first time’, Matt Korda, one of the co-authors of the report, told AFP…” (A huge nuclear war is prophesied multiplied times in God’s Word. Revelation 9:14 – 18 depicts Armageddon: Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. And Revelation 16:16 tells of the longest and final battle of the ages. See the next three reports.)
Report: China Pursuing ‘Substantial Expansion’ of Nuclear Arsenal
June 15, 2022 — Breitbart.com reports: “A report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday said China is pursuing a ‘substantial expansion’ of its nuclear arsenal, including the development of new delivery systems and the construction of hundreds of additional missile silos.
‘Several additional nuclear warheads are thought to have been assigned to operational forces in 2021 following the delivery of new mobile launchers and a submarine,’ SIPRI said of China’s nuclear development.
The report noted that China’s total inventory of warheads did not increase last year, but ‘the number of stockpiled warheads potentially available for use has changed because new launchers became operational during 2021.’
The Institutes Yearbook 2022 said that all nine nuclear-armed states ‘continue to modernize their nuclear arsenals,’ although the total number of nuclear weapons ‘declined slightly’ last year – a trend expected to reverse over the next decade…”
U.S., South Korea warn of swift reply if North Korea conducts nuclear test
June 14, 2022 — SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States and South Korea warned Monday of a swift response if North Korea conducts a nuclear test, including US military ‘adjustments,’ but again offered talks as a way out.
The two allies say that North Korea could at any time test its first nuclear weapon since 2017, after months of escalating tensions including missile tests and Pyongyang’s rebuffing of overtures from President Joe Biden’s administration.
Meeting his South Korean counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the United States was working with allies in Tokyo and Seoul ‘to be able to respond quickly should the North Koreans proceed with such a test.’
‘And we are prepared to make both short- and longer-term adjustments to our military posture as appropriate,’ he said…”
Diplomatic source: ‘Iran has enough material for three nuclear bombs’
June 7, 2022 — Israel National News reports: “A diplomatic source has warned that Iran now has enough enriched uranium for three nuclear bombs.
The statement was made ahead of a conference of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
‘Iran has enriched enough uranium for three nuclear bombs,’ the source said.
Discussions are expected to last about a week, after which the Board is expected to make a decision critical of Iran, for the first time in 2.5 years. At the same time, the decision is not expected to be harsh enough to lead to international sanctions on Iran, or even to a United Nations Security Council discussion on the matter.
The source emphasized that the detailed information regarding the scope of Iran’s uranium enrichment appears in one of the two reports submitted to the Board of Governors by IAEA chief Rafael Grossi…”
Eisenkot: Iran would have had nukes years ago if not for Israel
June 2, 2022 — Israel National News reports: “Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said that Iran would have obtained nuclear weapons as early as a decade ago were it not for Israeli actions to prevent
‘Israel carries out diverse operations, most of which are covert, to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear capabilities,’ Eisenkot said at a security conference at Netanya Academic College Wednesday. ‘Without these actions I believe Iran would have already become a nuclear state some 7-10 years ago.’
Eisenkot said that he views Israel’s defensive capabilities in a ‘cup half full and a cup half empty’ manner, noting the strength of the IDF…” (Ezekiel 38:5 predicts that Russia, the Orient, and Persia [which changed its name to Iran in 1932] will see millions destroyed through atomic warfare in the Latter Years and Latter Days – Ezekiel 38:8, 16. Prepare to meet thy God Israel – Amos 4:12. This battle is described in Revelation 9:14 – 18: Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. See the next report.)
Iran digging vast tunnel network south of Natanz nuclear facility
June 17, 2022 — Israel National News reports: “Israeli and American intelligence officials have been watching each day as Iran digs a vast tunnel network just south of the Natanz nuclear production site, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
According to the report, the officials believe this is Tehran’s biggest effort yet to construct new nuclear facilities so deep in the mountains that they can withstand bunker-busting bombs and cyberattacks.
Though the construction is evident on satellite photographs and has been monitored by groups that track the proliferation of new nuclear facilities, Biden administration officials have never talked about it in public and Israel’s defense minister has mentioned it just once, in a single sentence in a speech last month.
In interviews with national security officials in both nations, there clearly were differing interpretations of exactly how the Iranians may intend to use the site, and even how urgent a threat it poses.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said earlier this month that the country is just weeks away from being able to enrich enough bomb-grade fuel to make a single nuclear bomb, —though fashioning that into a usable weapon could take at least another two years, even by the most alarmist Israeli estimates, noted the New York Times…”