World War 3 in 2017: a North Korean ‘Super-EMP’ attack
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned in June of 2017 that failure to curb North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences.’ We’ll explore exactly what they are in this flash cable.
It’s well known that Russia has the technology known as FOBS: the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System. This uses a Space Launch Vehicle to put a nuclear warhead into orbit–a satellite. According to a Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Commission, Russian generals have indicated that this technology has been shared with North Korea. The Super-EMP nuclear warhead design has been provided to North Korea with the assistance of contractors from Russia and China.
This type of warhead is a nuclear weapon designed to provide an enormous burst of gamma rays to generate an EMP pulse, which destroys all electronics, communications and the power grid itself. If launched from an ideal altitude–300 miles–it would blanket the 48 contiguous United States.
North Korea has tested nuclear devices with explosive yields of only kilotons, which the press wrote off. However, this quite ominous–this is exactly a description of a high-yield EMP device, designed to destroy a nation’s electronics and grid systems.
In fact, five years ago a military consultant for the People’s Republic of China told a journalist in Hong Kong that North Korea has Super-EMP nuclear warheads. These can be launched from a freighter, a submarine or a satellite. Even a liftoff via a balloon that’s detonated only 30 kilometers above the Northeast US could blackout the Eastern U.S. Grid, supporting 75% of our electricity.
An EMP blast causes at least 50 kilovolts (50,000 volts) of electricity to build up on every meter of wire. EMP travels in nanoseconds, at the speed of light, versus for example, lightning, which takes several seconds to impact and go to ground. Communications towers (cell phones) are protected against lightning but not against EMP. Since EMP moves so fast the charge cannot go to the ground; it downs the communication towers, as it will the power grid. That level of power going through copper wires will melt them. On top of that, the microprocessors that are used to control the grid will themselves fail. Nothing is done manually (through analog) devices any more.
At the end of June this year, North Korea warned that it will carry out a nuclear test “at any time and at any location” set by its leadership. It’s now out of control and 2017 may well see a prophetic utterance by Charles Krauthammer, who spoke on Fox this Monday night: “…we’re going to be looking down the barrel of a North Korean ICBM with a nuclear warhead on it.” Preparation and readiness are recommended in my book, The Prepper’s Guide to Surviving EMP Attacks, Solar Flares and Grid Failures.
The views expressed in this article are entirely the writer's own.