While we side-joke over North Korea’s launch capabilities for an ICBM nuke the real and present danger, with any low-level enemy threat, is the less technologically challenged nuclear weapon … dirty bomb/suitcase bomb in a big city or a crowded public event. However, from the Pacific the NorKs could conceivably launch a missile into the atmosphere above any area in the U.S. and explode an EMP. That would take out power plants over atleast a certain populated region of the country and cause massive disruptions and chain-reaction damage(s) down the line throughout the rest of the nation in communications, internet, banking, power grid, air flight, shipping, etc.
TEL AVIV – While the international community and news media focus on North Korean missile tests and the country’s nuclear program, one expert warned on Sunday that North Korea may be secretly assembling the capability to take out significant parts of the U.S. homeland via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and is the chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission.
Speaking on this reporter’s talk radio program, Pry pointed to two North Korean satellites that are currently orbiting the U.S. at trajectories he says are optimized for a surprised EMP attack. “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” is broadcast on terrestrial radio on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia and online.
Or, from above us from orbit. Pry goes into the old Cold War era Soviet plan for taking out the USA’s capabilities from such a position, and how he believes the NorKs are now adopting that plan…
Pry was referring to the KMS 3-2 and KMS-4 earth observation satellites launched by North Korea in April 2012 and February 2016 respectively.
He warned: “They are positioning themselves as sort of a nuclear missile age, cyberage version of the battleship diplomacy in my view. So that they can always have one of them (satellites) very close to being over the United States or over the United States.
Pry spotlighted recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests minimized by the news media for reported failures. When viewed through the lens of potential preparations for an EMP attack, Pry warned, the tests were actually successes…
Read the whole thing and listen to the audio recording of the interview.
Meanwhile, Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit latest USA Today column: Duck and cover, again?: We face a situation where things look a lot like the earliest days of the Cold War.