JUST IN: It has now been announced that North Korea has the ability to reach the United States with a devastating attack.
When it comes to the threat to the United States and its Asian allies posed by North Korea and its unstable leader Kim Jong Un, most of the focus is on its nuclear capabilities and missile program. There may be, however, another danger that North Korea presents.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, announced that North Korea has ability to assault much of the United States by way of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
Pry explained that the KMS 3-2 and KMS-4 earth observation satellites, launched by North Korea in 2012 and 2016, orbit the earth at trajectories that are optimal for an EMP attack.
In an EMP attack, an intense burst of electromagnetic energy would wreak havoc by disrupting computers, sensors, communication systems and other similar equipment. In addition, an EMP attack could cause tremendous damage to elecricity transmission lines, damaging electrical power lines and distribution centers. A successful EMP attack on a nation such as the United States would be nothing short of devastating.
Dr. Pry pointed out to radio host Aaron Klein statements made by Kim Jong Un which may be hinting at North Korea’s capability to launch an EMP attack. “Then if a crisis comes up and if we decide to attack North Korea, Kim Jong Un can threaten our president and say, ‘Well, don’t do that because we are going to burn your whole country down.’ Which is basically what he said. I mean, he has made threats about turning the United States into ashes and he connected the satellite program to this in public statements to deter us from attacking.”
Dr. Pry explained that in a war with the United States, from the North Korean perspective, “one of the things you would certainly consider doing is taking out the United States homeland itself.”
Kim Jong Un is not for his bellicose bluster. However, when it comes to the possibility of crippling the U.S. with an electromagnetic pulse attack, North Korea may not be bluffing.