Congress Warned of a Threat That Could Kill 90% of Americans


At a House hearing, experts said that North Korea could easily employ the “doomsday scenario” to turn parts of the U.S. to ashes. Experts warned that North Korea is capable of attacking the U.S. today with a nuclear EMP Bomb that could indefinitely shut down the electric power grid and kill 90 percent of all Americans within a year.

There is a fix that would cost about $7 billion but Congress hasn’t moved on it for a decade.

Written testimony warns that the U.S. cannot defend against eve a single ICBM from over the South Polar region:

U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) interceptors are designed to intercept a few North Korean ICBMs that approach the United States over the North Polar region. But current U.S. BMD systems are not arranged to defend against even a single ICBM that approaches the United States from over the South Polar region, which is the direction toward which North Korea launches its satellites…

This is not a new idea. The Soviets pioneered and tested just such a specific capability decades ago—we call it a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS)…So, North Korea doesn’t need an ICBM to create this existential threat. It could use its demonstrated satellite launcher to carry a nuclear weapon over the South Polar region and detonate it…over the United States to create a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP)…The result could be to 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—as the EMP Commission testified over eight years ago.

The report continues: Former NASA rocket scientist James Oberg visited North Korea’s Sohae space launch base, witnessed elaborate measures undertaken to conceal space launch payloads, and concludes in a 2017 article that the EMP threat from North Korea’s satellites should be taken seriously.

Kim Jong Un has threatened to reduce the United States to “ashes” with “nuclear thunderbolts” and threatened to retaliate for U.S. diplomatic and military pressure by “ordering officials and scientists to complete preparations for a satellite launch as soon as possible” amid “the enemies’ harsh sanctions and moves to stifle” the North.

The experts urge the Pentagon and President Trump to move quickly to protect the grid:
With the development of small nuclear arsenals and long-range missiles by new, radical U.S. adversaries, beginning with North Korea, the threat of a nuclear EMP attack against the U.S. becomes one of the few ways that such a country could inflict devastating damage to the United States. It is critical, therefore, that the U.S. 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 experts told a House Homeland Security subcommittee.
William R. Graham, chairman of the former EMP commission and its former chief of staff, Peter Vincent Pry, said that the U.S. has ignored the warning signs for years and that North Korea’s military moves this year must be seen as a wake-up call.

They said:

  • Just six months ago, most experts thought North Korea’s nuclear arsenal was primitive, some academics claiming it had as few as 6 A-Bombs. Now the intelligence community reportedly estimates North Korea has 60 nuclear weapons.
  • Just six months ago, most experts thought North Korea’s ICBMs were fake, or if real could not strike the U.S. mainland. Now the intelligence community reportedly estimates North Korea’s ICBMs can strike Denver and Chicago, and perhaps the entire United States.
  • Just six months ago, most experts thought North Korea was many years away from an H-Bomb. Now it appears North Korea has H-Bombs comparable to sophisticated U.S. two-stage thermonuclear weapons.
  • Just six months ago, most experts claimed North Korean ICBMs could not miniaturize an A-Bomb or design a reentry vehicle for missile delivery. Now the intelligence community reportedly assesses North Korea has miniaturized nuclear weapons, and has developed reentry vehicles for missile delivery, including by ICBMs that can strike the U.S.
  • After massive intelligence failures grossly underestimating North Korea’s long-range missile capabilities, number of nuclear weapons, warhead miniaturization, and proximity to an H-Bomb, the biggest North Korean threat to the U.S. remains unacknowledged—nuclear EMP attack.

North Korea is now testing an H-bomb which would end in a devastating EMP attack. “Our current vulnerability invites attack,” the experts warned Congress.

North Korea said its hydrogen bomb was capable of devastating attacks on electrical grids.

“The H-bomb, the explosive power of which is adjustable from tens kiloton to hundreds kiloton, is a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack according to strategic goals,” KCNA reported in English.

Electromagnetic pulse is an intense wave of electrical energy generated by the detonation of a nuclear weapon.

For years, Congress has been warned about the EMP threat and though it’s relatively inexpensive fix – about $7 billion – they haven’t done anything about it.

Last September North Korea issued this threat: “A preemptive nuclear strike is not something the U.S. has a monopoly on,” a top NK official said. “If we see that the U.S. would do it to us, we would do it first. … We have the technology,” top North Korean official, Lee Yong Pil, said in an exclusive interview with NBC News.

Samantha Powers, then-UN Ambassador, said on NBC News of the fighting words: ‘We need to ramp up the pressure. Because this isn’t just a threat to the United States or the Republic of Korea, this is a threat to mankind.’

Enhanced Radiation Weapons such as Super-EMP weapons are essentially very low-yield H-Bombs that typically have yields of 1-10 kilotons, just like the North Korean device recently detonated, according to Dr. Peter Pry.  Dr. Pry says the weapon described as an H-bomb looks like a Super EMP warhead.A Super-EMP warhead would be a greater threat to the United States than the most powerful H-Bomb ever built.

Russia has said they have a Super EMP and the design elements were accidentally leaked to North Korea. However, South Korean military intelligence has repeatedly warned the press that Russian scientists are in North Korea helping develop a Super-EMP nuclear weapon.

In July, Dr. Pry warned again of the ‘dark possibility’. Iran is also suspected of preparing for an eventual EMP attack.


There are signs that Iran may be working toward an Electromagnetic Pulse strike on the United States and they endorse it because it’s not direct murder.

“Once Iran has a nuclear weapon, they are ready to launch an EMP attack against us,” former CIA Director James Woolsey told TheBlaze TV’s For the Record. “I think they have conducted launches of satellites of the type that you and in the direction you would want for an EMP attack.”

Woolsey added that the Iranian military has laid the groundwork for a religious justification for an EMP strike. In 2010, a military textbook called “Passive Defense” was published, which included a section that outlined how an EMP strike would be compliant with Islamic law.

EMP deaths are indirect. If they destroy the electric grid, they can’t operate the other 17 infrastructures in the U.S. that control food, water, finance. Since they aren’t directly killing people, it’s A-OK with Islam.

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6 years ago

Has everyone forgotten there has been numerous atmospheric test of nuclear weapons without these ill effects. I believe the Soviets detonated either a 50 or 100 Megaton Nuclear bomb. A more effective method of EMP is the use of Microwave bursts. The military is working on development of such weapons.

In one article they mention hardening the “grid” by isolating the transformers. If an EMP burst could take out these transformers any “hardening” of that would have little effect. There is considerably more to electric power generation than mere transformers. The communication and electronics needed for generation is Far more vulnerable and simply cannot be “hardened” on such a massive scale. Without all those devices the power cannot be transferred. Some have claimed burying power lines is the answer but that still overlooks the control equipment required for operation.

Then, there is also the complex system of power generation across all those suppliers in the power pools. It takes “power” to start up a generating plant. This was the issue when the great black-out occurred on the eastern US. It took considerable time to transfer power to those plants in order start up again. It’s not like some ignition source and a car battery is used for this purpose. In a nuclear plant it takes a huge diesel generator just to fire up that nuclear plant. The biggest obstacle in generation is load balancing across all these grids and pools. For everything to work harmoniously the load is expected to be a steady rate for the most part. This is a huge issue with wind power as it is much more difficult to balance.

I watched the hearing on this matter and, in typical fashion, you have Congress asking questions with no knowledge of the subject. Not One person asked “How” one reinforces this “grid”. These leaders in Congress have no clue on What questions to ask. It’s almost like school children who do not understand a subject well enough to even know where to begin and what questions to ask. I am believing there is a smokescreen in all this. The so-called expert who testified as “an expert” has no actual experience in the industry but still has made a career on the subject. He Should have been questioned on his own understanding and knowledge of the industry. I have to wonder why the hearing didn’t include Anyone from that industry. Maybe because this “expert” has questioned the integrity of those individuals without any basis in facts.