While most of the attention toward North Korea’s military efforts focuses on their attempts to develop missile technology capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to America soil, the bigger threat may already be circling over our heads!
While the thought of NK developing nuclear-tipped ICBM technology is enough to keep any prepper up at night, the more immediate threat may be their ability to bring down the United States’ electrical grid with an EMP.
And, just in case you think Kim Jong-un’s government is a long ways away from being able to hit us with an EMP, you’re probably very wrong.
North Korea has two satellites currently in orbit that may already have the capability of detonating an EMP over North America – KMS 3 launched in December of 2012 and KMS 4 launched in February of 2016.
In fact, more than two years ago, former officials from the Reagan and Clinton administrations gave their analysis of the situation (as reported by The Hill):
In February and March of 2015, former senior national security officials of the Reagan and Clinton administrations warned that North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States.
Just how much damage could a well-placed North Korean EMP do? Here’s the assessment from Congresses EMP Commission (complete report here):
…a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year—killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.
For an in-depth look at just how unprepared our electric grid is for an EMP attack, I recommend the book “Lights Out” by famed journalist, Ted Koppel. If you’re not a prepper before reading this book, I guarantee you will be afterward!
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