Gary Samore, a top Obama administration national security official, warned of new sanctions if North Korea conducted a third round of nuclear tests on Monday, as reports surfaced that North Korea has miniaturized its nuclear warheads so they can be delivered by ballistic missile.
North Korea’s last round of tests, conducted in May 2009, appear to have included a “super-EMP” weapon, capable of emitting enough gamma rays to disable the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 states, says Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst and president of EMPact America, a citizens lobbying group.
Samore, who handles arms control and non-proliferation issues, warned that “additional strong sanctions will be imposed on the North with the support of Russia and China.”
Given the recent nuclear threats from North Korea directed at the United States, the satellite orbital map shown above indicates the track of the KMS 3-2 “satellite” this week from APR 8 – APR 16, which coincidentally just so happens to orbit along the eastern half of the U.S.
Some believe or suspect that this “satellite” may actually be a Super-EMP nuclear device…
In order to have the appropriate EMP effect, it has to be detonated in space or at least at high altitudes.
“Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is important only for high altitude bursts. For such detonations, ionization of the upper atmosphere can produce a brief intense pulse of radio frequency radiation which can damage or disrupt electronic devices. For explosions above most of the atmosphere, EMP can affect large areas.”
Pyongyang is threatening nuclear war. But that might not even be the worst-case scenario
Perhaps that’s why officials in Washington have been planning to confront “a more insidious threat: the untimely collapse of Kim Jong Un’s government,” says Geoffrey Ingersoll at Business Insider. This is the most closed-off country in the world. If its struggling regime finally collapses, our forces will have to dash over the 38th parallel blind to secure North Korea’s nuclear stockpiles and long-range missiles in a rush that will make “the Pentagon’s frenzied scramble looking for Iraq’s WMD’s look calm and orderly by comparison.”
The Army has conducted war games to prepare, says James Joyner at Outside the Beltway, and it took 90,000 American troops 56 days to get into a dummy failed nuclear state and round up its nukes. If we ever do have to go into North Korea, “it would not be a cakewalk.”