EXPERTS have warned the US Congress it is ignoring a newly developed weapon from North Korea that could shut down the US power grid and kill the vast majority of Americans within a year.
Two members of the disbanded congressional Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) commission said at a recent House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing that a nuclear EMP attack from Kim Jong-un was the "biggest threat” to the US yet it remained "unacknowledged” by the government.
More attention has been focused on the regime's continued testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles this year, but the dictatorship recently claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb underground in September and said such a bomb could be detonated at high altitudes for "super-powerful EMP attack according to strategic goals”.
William Graham, chairman of the former EMP commission and its former chief of staff, Peter Vincent Pry, warned the hearing that such an attack could "shut down the US electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90% of all Americans”.
They urged the House to protect the grid, and warned that US ballistic missile defence systems are currently designed to intercept missiles from North Korea that approach the US over the North Polar region, but not over the South Polar region.
Former Republican representative Curt Weldon, one of the founders of the former commission, wrote in The Hill last month: "A nuclear EMP attack would destroy electronics everywhere, cause planes to crash, stop cars and rail traffic, blackout electric grids and other critical infrastructures that make modern civilisation and life itself possible. Eventually, millions would die from starvation, disease and societal collapse.”
The two former commission members added that North Korea is thought to have 60 nuclear weapons, and its intercontinental ballistic missiles could reach Denver and Chicago, and "perhaps the entire US”.
The regime is developing H-bombs that are "comparable to sophisticated US two-stage thermonuclear weapons”, they said.
Experts such as former NASA rocket scientist James Oberg have previously warned that the regime could use a satellite to carry a small nuclear warhead and detonate it over the US.
- Rachael Revesz, The Independent