Kim Jong-un has been on the war path for the past several months. Literally. This man is looking and asking for war.
The United Nations, the United States, and countries around the world have attempted to compromise, admonish, and discourage the Pyongyang regime but without success.
Kim Jong-un continues to test missiles, parade his weapons of destruction, and flex North Korea’s military capacity to the rest of the world.
As South Korea, China, and Japan become increasingly concerned with their belligerent neighbor, Kim Jong-un is focused on the United States.
The latest, according to The Conservative Tribune, is that Jong-un has a new threat for the democratic republic he despises:
The Pyongyang regime’s most recent threat is one of its most disturbing to date. North Korea’s state-run media claimed the country could kill millions of Americans by detonating an electro-magnetic pulse in the upper atmosphere over the United States, Fox News reported this week
In its most basic terms, an EMP is a burst of energy that wipes out almost all electronic devices. Cell phones, car batteries, power stations, pretty much anything that runs on electricity, would be permanently fried, or at the very least severely damaged.
North Korea could achieve this by detonating a hydrogen bomb in the atmosphere. Nuclear explosions result in EMPs, and the EMP from a high-altitude burst of a nuclear weapon would be devastating to the United States.
“The biggest danger would be shorting out of the power grid, especially on the East Coast. Imagine a situation where large sections of the U.S. had no power. Imagine New York or Washington, D.C., with no power for just a week. The implications would be hard to fathom,” Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest.
Think about the implications of this attack. There would be no electricity.
Hundreds of thousands of individuals would be without running water, hospitals, air conditioning or transportation.
It is a horribly realistic Ray Bradbury novel.
And who knows how long it would take to get this power back. Months? Years?