North Korea has sparked fresh WW3 fears by firing two ballistic missiles towards Japan after a US nuke test.
The short-range missiles were launched from Wonsan early this morning in Kim Jong-un’s latest military drill which is sure to antagonise relations in the region and with the US.
South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said they flew 150 miles before plummeting into the Sea of Japan.
It comes after the US military rehearsed a “mini-nuke” strike against Russia.
The exercise, which took place at Strategic Command in Nebraska, war-gamed a scenario where Russia had attacked a target in Europe.
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The US response, led by President Donald Trump involved the use of a “limited” nuclear retaliation although both target and the precise weaponry used remains secret.
A senior Pentagon official, who asked not to be named, gave National Defense a limited outline of the exercise.
They said: “They attacked us with a low-yield nuclear [warhead], and in the course of the exercise we simulated responding with a nuclear weapon.”
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A Ministry of Defence spokesman refused to confirm or deny any UK involvement in the exercise.
The limited-response scenario may well have involved the Pentagon’s new low-yield nuclear submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, the W76-2.
More than one critic has said that by lowering the power of nuclear weapons, the Pentagon is making the threat of a nuclear exchange more likely.
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The USS Tennessee – which left port in Georgia at the end of last year – is already on patrol armed with the W76-2 warhead.
It has an explosive yield of five kilotons, less then the the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima and considerably lower than massive warheads on other US submarine-launched ballistic missiles which can range up to 450 kilotons.
The Trump administration has said that the new mini-nuke could be used as a response to: “significant non-nuclear strategic attacks.”
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