This is the DEFCON Warning System. Alert status for 8 P.M., Thursday, March 31st, 2016. Condition code is Yellow. DEFCON 3.

There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time, however the situation is considered fluid and can change rapidly.

The United States generally believes North Korea to have miniaturised a nuclear warhead.  North Korea has also appeared to have successful tested a solid-rocket engine as well as a re-entry vehicle.

North Korea has restarted its plant which some believe is to make tritium for hydrogen weapons and has ordered more detonation tests.  Amid growing tensions, the United States is sending bombers to Korea, while Japan is to station ground based missile interceptors in Tokyo to protect against possible North Korean attack.

Troop movements have been noted around the DMZ between North and South Korea.  In addition, each side has engaged in tit-for-tat aggressions that have left the area paralyzed with fear that combat can break out at any time.

It should be noted that neither North nor South Korea have set themselves up for an offensive attack. There continue to be no signs of either side preparing to launch hostilities. If combat breaks out, it will be because one side has interpreted the other side having started the conflict.  Because of the extreme tensions in the region, we remain at a heightened alert level for the time being.

Meanwhile, China continues its takeover of the South China Sea, stationing fully armed fighters as well as planning civillian flights to the islands.  In response, the U.S. is sending additional ships to the sea in a show of force.  The United States has made and agreement with the Philippines to station troops in the area to counter China.

The DEFCON Warning System is a private enterprise which monitors world events and assesses nuclear threats against the United States by national entities. It is not affiliated with any government agency and does not represent the alert status of any military branch. The public should make their own evaluations and not rely on the DEFCON Warning System for any strategic planning. At all times, citizens are urged to learn what steps to take in the event of a nuclear attack.

If this had been an actual attack, the DEFCON Warning System will give radiation readings for areas that are reported to it. Your readings will vary. Official news sources will have radiation readings for your area.

For immediate updates, go to Breaking news and important information can be found on the DEFCON Warning System message board and on the DEFCON Twitter feed DEFCONWS. You may also subscribe to the YouTube channel DefconWarningSystem and the DEFCON Warning System mailing list. Note that Twitter and YouTube updates may be subject to delays. The next scheduled update is 8 P.M. Pacific Time, April 7th 2016. Additional updates will be made as the situation warrants, with more frequent updates at higher alert levels.

This concludes this broadcast of the DEFCON Warning System

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