Wednesday, March 27, 2013
VILYUCHINSK, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russia plans to equip its submarine forces with long-range high-precision weapons, which will enhance their strategic deterrent capabilities, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday.
“There are plans to equip the submarine forces with long-range high-precision weapons. This will significantly enhance the possibility of using submarines as a strategic deterrent,” Sergei Shoigu told a meeting at the Pacific Fleet's submarine command headquarters.
The defense minister said the Pacific Fleet’s submarine forces "have particular importance for ensuring strategic stability and Russia’s military security in the Far East."
The meeting focused on developing the infrastructure of the nuclear-powered submarine base in view of plans to launch fourth and fifth-generation submarines.
A successful nuclear test in February and threats of direct attacks on the United States has many taking a second look at how serious a threat North Korea may be.
Pyongyang has just ordered rocket and long-range artillery forces to prepare for a strike on US military bases in Guam, Hawaii, and even the mainland of the United States. While it is dubious that North Korean missiles could actually reach the heart of the US, the Pentagon is taking the threat seriously enough to begin a renewed focus on the Missile Defense program. The Pentagon admitted in a press briefing on March 15 that North Korea has become a threat, “a little bit faster than we expected”.
After North Korea’s announcement today, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei called for calm on both sides. China is largely seen as the only country that could have any sway over North Korea. And although the Chinese regime has, on the surface, supported UN Security Council sanctions against the North, many question how seriously it has been enforcing them.
Despite threats by North Korea to turn the US into a “sea of fire,” South Korea and Japan would be more concerned. Both countries are well within known North Korean missile range.
The latest provocation from North Korea came after South Korea and the US signed a new plan last Friday to defend a possible attack on the South.
As of now, the banks are still expected to open tomorrow; some of the details of the capital controls to be put in place have been leaked (via Phileleftheros):
*CYPRUS CONTROLS APPLY TO ALL ACCOUNTS, CURRENCIES
*CYPRUS BANK CONTROLS INCLUDE CURBS ON CASHING CHECKS
*CYPRUS BANK CONTROLS TO BE IN FORCE FOR 7 DAYS
*CYPRUS CURBS INCLUDE BAN ON ENDING TIME DEPOSITS
*CYPRUS CURBS TO INCLUDE PAYMENTS ABROAD
So no outflows allowed to a foreign country (cough Russia cough) and for only 7 days (Pluto Standard Time?); furthermore, talk is that carrying cash of over EUR3,000 across the border wil be banned.