Typhoon No. 14 ‘Nanmadol’ landed in Japan… ‘Strong winds and heavy rain’
The Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a super-strong typhoon ‘Nanmadol’ made landfall on the main island of Kyushu, the southernmost part of Japan on the 18th.
As a result, local governments in the Kyushu area recommended evacuation of 4.58 million residents, and the Japanese authorities raised the level of alertness and entered a readiness posture.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also held a ministerial meeting on the afternoon of the same day and instructed the public to do everything possible so that the people can feel safe, Japanese media reported.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the maximum wind speed near the center of the large typhoon Nanmadol is 45 m, and the maximum instantaneous wind speed is 65 m. A wind like this has the power to overturn a running truck or knock down a roadside tree.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, record-breaking heavy rains such as 500 mm in southern Kyushu, 400 mm in Shikoku and 300 mm in Tokai are expected to fall under the influence of Typhoon Nanmadol until noon on the 19th.
After Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall in Kyushu, it was predicted that it would change course to the northeast and penetrate the Japanese archipelago.
Biden warns Putin: ‘Never use nuclear or chemical weapons’… ‘will change the face of war’
US President Joe Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons.
In an interview with CBS’s comprehensive current affairs program ’60 Minutes’, which was released on the 17th, President Biden said, ‘If Ukraine recently succeeded on the battlefield (counterattack), Vladimir Putin (Russian President), who is at a standstill, considers using chemical weapons or tactical nuclear weapons. What do you say?” he said.
President Biden said to Putin, “Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.” added.
However, it did not elaborate on how the United States would respond.
“I’m not going to tell you what’s going to happen,” Biden said.
■ The situation of the Russian military’s defense
As the Ukrainian forces recently recaptured the Kharkiv region, including Izium, and the Russian army retreated from the northeastern front, there is a growing prospect that the Russian side could use tactical nuclear weapons to turn the tide.
Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said on a WABC radio question on the 12th whether he believes Russian President Putin would approve the use of nuclear weapons, saying, “We are much closer than before.”
Similar observations are being made by Ukrainian authorities.
Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzni warned in an article on the local media Ukrinform on the 7th that “there is a direct threat to the use of tactical nuclear weapons by the Russian military under certain circumstances.”
“The possibility of direct intervention by major countries in a limited nuclear conflict cannot be completely ruled out,” he said.
■ Entering the ‘nuclear power special combat system’ immediately after the start of the war
Russian President Putin ordered a ‘special combat system for nuclear forces’ on the 27th of the same month, a few days after he invaded Ukraine on February 24th.
Since then, major Russian authorities have discussed the possibility of using nuclear weapons one after another, discussing ‘responding to the threat of mass destruction’ or ‘the state’s existence being threatened’.
When asked about the possibility of using nuclear weapons in an interview with Sky News in March, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, said, “If Russia continues to be threatened and attacked by NATO, are we not a nuclear power? Why not?” he asked.
In response to the question ‘Is the use of nuclear weapons justified?’, he said, “I cannot answer yes, but it is also not right to try to threaten and interfere with Russia.”
He also warned NATO, “If we are to deal with a country that has nuclear weapons (Russia), of course we have to calculate all the possibilities.”
■ Nuclear threat to NATO allies
Since then, key Russian officials have continued to threaten nuclear weapons against Ukraine and its NATO allies.
“If Sweden and Finland join NATO, they will strengthen Russia’s defense measures, including the deployment of nuclear weapons in the Baltic Sea,” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian National Security Council, said in a statement posted on social media in April.
“There can be no talk of a nuclear-free state in the Baltic in the future,” he said.
In early May, the Russian military conducted a nuclear attack simulation exercise in Kaliningrad, off the Baltic Sea.
Russia’s state broadcaster ‘Russia 1’ recently reported that if a Sarmat is fired from Kaliningrad, it can strike without intercept in 202 seconds for London, 200 seconds for Paris, and 106 seconds for Berlin.
However, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on the 16th of last month that “the media speculation that we can use nuclear or chemical weapons is absolutely a lie”.
“There is no need to use nuclear weapons during a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine,” he said.