The end of the Cold War in the late 1980s did not mean an end to hostilities. Today, Russia is overhauling its nuclear triad ( submarines, bombers and missiles) and has 7000 warheads. The United States us following suit and has 6800 warheads. North Korea might only have 15 warheads but it has a very shaky finger hovering over its nuclear button.
Over the past few years, the problem has not been the size of the world’s nuclear arsenal. The problem has been the easy access to the knowledge and technology required to build a missile. Imagine being a highly qualified expert in nuclear, biological and chemical warheads and working for the Soviet regime. You are sacked in June 1991 without a pension. Or, imagine that you are the manager of a scrapyard in the Ukraine and see Russian missile technology dumped in the yard. You are offered cash for this scrap.
The North Koreans have exploited both scenarios to acquire working parts and the expertise to build a missile. The recent launch of a missile screened on North Korean television showed a missile powered by an outdated but reliable Soviet RD-250 engine.
6 ways to survive nuclear fallout.
- Understand that fallout refers to the radioactive particles that fall to earth after a nuclear explosion.
- Exposure to any type of fallout is hazardous to your health. So, you must ensure that you do not come into contact with any radioactive ash, dust or rain.
- Fallout emits the highest levels of radiation for the first six hours after the detonation. Outside of the immediate blast zone, fallout can take over 15 minutes to drop down onto the earth.
- Get inside a solid shelter and move to its centre.
- Remove all contaminated clothing and wash yourself down.
- You can eat and drink packaged food items or foodstuffs that were inside the building before the fallout arrived.
H.E.A.T. tip: North Korea’s Hwasong -15 intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of 13 000km. Buy a NBC suit.
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