Experts are calling on President Trump to immediately rectify what they claim is an existential threat.
The House Committee on Homeland Security recently held a hearing to determine the threat posed by a nuclear-capable North Korea to the American people. Experts testifying at the hearing warned that a missile or satellite attack by North Korea could “shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans,” according to The Washington Examiner.
The hearing ended with experts calling on President Trump (and the Pentagon) to act quickly to protect the domestic electrical grid.
Specifically, experts warned that North Korea currently has the weapons that would allow them to detonate a nuclear device, attached to either a satellite or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), miles above the ground — way up in the atmosphere. The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generated by the explosion would devastate the American electrical grid, disabling electricity across the country.
Two experts from the congressional EMP commission warned that North Korea poses the largest EMP threat the US has ever faced. Specifically, they cite the extreme rhetoric being lobbied by both sides, in addition to the startling advances made by North Korea in the past six months, as well as their increasing ability to deliver on their threats.
“With the development of small nuclear arsenals and long-range missiles by new, radical US adversaries, beginning with North Korea, the threat of a nuclear EMP attack against the US becomes one of the few ways that such a country could inflict devastating damage to the United States. It is critical, therefore, that the US national leadership address the EMP threat as a critical and existential issue, and give a high priority to assuring the leadership is engaged and the necessary steps are taken to protect the country from EMP,” the House Homeland Security subcommittee heard experts testify.
The EMP experts warned that American officials have ignored the warning signs posed by North Korea, and other rogue nations, for years. They hope that the recent conflict will spur the government to act in the face of a looming existential crisis.
These experts warn that American officials have underestimated the devastating capabilities of North Korea for decades.
Just in the last six months, the US government has learned that North Korea advanced their nuclear program much further than anyone thought possible. Six months ago, experts were convinced that North Korea had a primitive nuclear arsenal at best. Experts estimated North Korea possessed around 6 atomic bombs. Now, experts claim North Korea has at least 60 nuclear weapons.
North Korea could shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period. Do you think they are capable of an EMP attack?
Six months ago, experts chided North Korea for flaunting “fake” ICBMs, and the possibility of North Korea striking the mainland was considered farcical. Now, experts warn that North Korea can easily reach major cities like Denver and Chicago, and might have the ability to reach the entire continental United States.
Six months ago, experts thought North Korea was years, or decades, away from developing a hydrogen bomb, but now we believe the rogue state has weapons comparable to sophisticated American weapons.
The EMT experts concluded that we have underestimated the threat posed by North Korea in every instance of their nuclear program, and now we are erroneously underestimating their ability to launch an EMP nuclear attack.