A former CIA nuclear weapons expert analyst is warning that the nuclear weapons rogue state North Korea is perfecting are designed to cripple the US infrastructure with a devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
Why is a North Korean EMP weapon potentially so dangerous?
An EMP weapon is similar in many respects to a massive solar flare. Both create titanic upsurges of erratic flux in electrical fields. 21st Century America is especially vulnerable to such an attack. A nuclear burst designed to generate an EMP wave would create instant havoc to the electrical grid of a country, knock out the infrastructure, destroy most computers and servers, and disrupt the entire fragile mosaic of national distribution.
First postulated in the 1990s, EMPs were known to be generated by high altitude nuclear detonations that would propagate an intense electromagnetic wave saturating everything it swept over. Such a weapon would virtually destroy most electronics wiping out transportation, communication, the financial infrastructure, the power grid and water treatment plants.
NASA and the European Space Agency have been warning for several years the possibility that severe natural EMPs could be generated by solar storms releasing mammoth flares that could interact with the Earth's geomagnetic field and cause havoc an a collapse of most modern technology.
An EMP weapon is designed to accomplish the same thing upon demand.
EMP weapons technology leaked to North Korea and Iran?
In a recent interview with Dr. Pry—who is also president of EMPact America—Newsmax revealed that while serving as a director of the "Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack," he was contacted by Russian nuclear experts and warned that the US was fully exposed to a weaponized electromagnetic technology and the North Koreans had acquired it and possibly shared the knowledge with Iran.
Both countries have been sharing information on nuclear technology and long-range missile designs.
“They told us that Russian scientists had gone to North Korea to work on building the super-EMP weapon,” Pry is quoted as telling Newsmax. “The North Koreans appear to have tested it in 2006 and again in 2009.”
The two tests were undertaken not to detonate an Hiroshima-type bomb, but a two to three kiloton implosion weapon created to generate an intense electromagnetic pulse.
Now intelligence reports reveal North Korea has miniaturized the weapon and is in the process of mating it to their longer-range missiles.
The nuclear EMP weapon
"An EMP that results from a nuclear weapon…destroys any 'unhardened' electronic equipment and electric power system—which means virtually any civilian infrastructure in the United States. The pulse occurs when a nuclear weapon explodes…at an altitude between 40 and 400 kilometers.
"The detonation of the nuclear warhead releases…energetic particles [that] scatter in every direction away from the blast. Many of the particles descend and interact with the magnetic field lines of the Earth, where they become trapped. The trapped electrons then create an oscillating electric current within the field, which rapidly produces a large electromagnetic field in the form of a pulse.
"Once the pulse reaches electronic equipment, it negatively interacts with them and either disables, damages, or destroys them. An EMP generated by a nuclear weapon could affect all critical infrastructures that depend on electricity and electronics within the vicinity of the nuclear warhead blast radius. A nuclear weapon with a burst height of approximately 100 kilometers could expose objects located within an area 725 miles in diameter to the effects of EMP." ["Independent Working Group on Missile Defense, the Space Relationship, and the Twenty-First Century, 2007 Report," The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, 2007.]
Why the US computer network is at risk
Since so many consumer products today rely on computer chips—such as automobiles—they would immediately become inoperative. The entire banking system would collapse, as well as the entire infrastructure of the financial services markets. Manufacturers would be affected, all forms of transportation, many government facilities—especially at the state and local levels—and hospitals, agribusinesses, water processing plants, electrical generating plants…for all practical purposes everything would grind to a halt.
All this could occur with one well-placed nuclear detonation above the West Coast or western Midwest. The failures would cascade like dominoes and knock out the entire electrical grid of the US and maybe most of Canada and Mexico too.
US preparedness and comprehensive planning for an EMP attack remains woefully underdeveloped despite persistent warnings, such as the one in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review that the "expanded reliance on sophisticated electronic technologies by the United States, its allies and partners increases their vulnerability to the destructive effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP)." [U.S. Department of Defense, "Quadrennial Defense Review Report," February 6, 2006.] http://www.defense.gov/qdr/report/Report20060203.pdf
The race for nuclear tipped missiles—an EMP weapon
Iran, partnered with North Korea, is working on upgrading its own missiles. They seek a new class with more accuracy and greater effective range. Their goal is to wed nuclear warheads to long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (LRICBMs). Although the U.N. and most Western powers know this, they are only making halfhearted attempts to prevent it.
Yet North Korea is almost there. Tweaking the Western powers—and the United States in particular—the generals in Pyongyang have dubbed their newest class missile the"Los Angeles" rocket. Of course they are implying that they intend (if given half the chance) to mate their growing nuclear arsenal with perfected missiles and threaten the West Coast of the United States with nuclear annihilation.
Yet North Korea actually has no intention of doing this. Their actual plan is much more diabolical.
Kim Jong-il's "Los Angeles" missile
Over the years, North Korea's tested variations of missiles seeking to improve their range.
The last such test occurred during the summer of 2009. According to the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper in Seoul, a missile launched from the Dongchang-ni launch site located on North Korea's west coast, was an improved version of the Taepodong-2 fired in April of that same year.
The missile—designed to have an effective reach of 4,000 miles—could threaten Hawaii, Alaska and the US West Coast.
The rising danger of war-bent North Korea
Like a simmering pot, the Korean conflict has been on the verge of boiling over for many years. During 2009 and 2010 they heat turned up the heat. Dictator Kim Jong-il announced his country no longer would abide by the Armistice of 1953.
Kim Jong-il then proclaimed his country again considered itself fully at war with the U.S.
Most Americans are unaware that North Korea is now in a full state of war with them. Nor are US citizens cognizant of the fact that Iran is also at war with America—during 1979 the Iranian Revolutionary Council declared war its on the United States of America and never rescinded the declaration.
Now both rogue nations are racing to perfect the technology they believe will destroy their great enemy with one fantastic, fatal blow.