North Korea’s aggressive nuclear weapons testing led to a war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Now a senior Korean official warns the U.S. should take their threats “literally” to test a nuclear weapon above ground.
But a new report delivered to Congress suggests Kim Jong Un may have devised a disastrous end game.
Peter Vincent Pry, Chief of Staff of the congressional EMP Commission and William Graham, Chair of the EMP Commission are warning the H-Bomb tested by North Korea in September could be detonated in the ionosphere to generate a superpowerful EMP attack.
Their report to Congress argues that a North Korean EMP would eventually wipe out 90% of the population.
Unlike a conventional ICBM which launches and then goes into a suborbital flight before re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, an EMP warhead need not re-enter Earth’s atmosphere before exploding hundreds of kilometers above its target. Super-EMP weapons are designed to produce a high level of gamma rays, which generate the sort of high-frequency electromagnetic pulse that is most damaging to the broadest range of electronics, the report concludes.
The consequences of such a detonation would be dire.
“The U.S. can sustain a population of 320 million people only because of modern technology,” said Pry. “An EMP that blacks-out the electric grid for a year would [decimate] the critical infrastructure necessary to support such a large population.”
In three days, the food supply in local grocery stores would be consumed and the 30-day national food supply in regional warehouses would begin to spoil, says Pry. In one year, he contends that up to 90% of the population could perish from starvation, disease and societal collapse.
But in the event of such an attack, aircraft electronics would be fried, as well as electronics in air traffic control towers, and navigation systems, says Pry. “Airliners would crash killing many of the 500,000 people flying over North America at any given moment,” he said.
Pry says electro-mechanical systems which regulate the flow of gas through pipelines would spark; causing the gas to ignite and result in massive firestorms in cities and large forest fires.
There would be no water; no communications; and mass transportation would be paralyzed, says Pry. In seven days, he contends that reactors in U.S.’ nuclear power plants would essentially melt down, spreading radioactivity across most of the nation.
While this may sound like the work of science fiction or Hollywood, history shows how chaotic even limited blackouts have been in this country.
Pry and Graham writing in The Washington Times note three instances in particular, and their seemingly simple causes:
- The Great Northeast Blackout of 2003 — that put 50 million people in the dark for a day, contributed to at least 11 deaths and cost an estimated $6 billion — happened when a power line contacted a tree branch, damaging less than 0.0000001 (0.00001 percent) of the system.
- The New York City Blackout of 1977, that resulted in the arrest of 4,500 looters and injury of 550 police officers, was caused by a lightning strike on a substation that tripped two circuit breakers.
- The Great Northeast Blackout of 1965, that effected 30 million people, happened because a protective relay on a transmission line was improperly set.
It’s not just “preppers” and kooks who are concerned about an EMP attack causing widespread destruction.
Longtime Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (now 91 years old) is so concerned about EMP attacks he built an off-the-grid “compound” on a mountain in West Virginia after he was defeated in a re-election bid in 2012.
Barlett warned years before that Russian officials had described to them how they would “destroy” America with a similar sounding plan to set off a nuclear device high above our country and wipe out the power grid.
Is this the apocalyptic plan Kim Jong Un is devising?
If so, what is the government doing to prepare to head off such a plan?
Sadly, it doesn’t appear very much.
The EMP Commission was terminated after 17 years on September 30.
Pry and Graham blame Obama holdovers in the DHS, DOD, and DOE for not requesting Congress extend their commission.
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