A report by the Department of Homeland Security that has been suppressed from the public concludes that North Korea is able to deliver a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States that would be capable of knocking out a huge swath of electrical and technological infrastructure.
According to WorldNetDaily (WND), a copy of the report — which remains blocked from release — was obtained by Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the congressional advisory Task Force on National and Homeland Security, from sources within the department.
The report “finds North Korea could use its Unha-3 space launch vehicle to deliver a nuclear warhead as a satellite over the South Pole to attack the U.S. from the south,” WND reported.
Pry, who was also the staff director to the congressionally mandated EMP commission, said that the U.S. “has no early warning radars or interceptors” to stop a missile attack from the south.
‘The North Koreans are seeing what they can get away with’
The commission also concluded that the damage from either a naturally caused EMP event, which could be in the form of a massive solar storm, or one that is man-made, as in the case of a nuclear explosion, to the nation’s under-protected electrical grid would have a cascading impact on critical, life-sustaining infrastructures, as well as electronic components and automated control systems.
WND further reported:
Along with the electrical grid system, the critical infrastructures include telecommunications, banking, finance, petroleum and natural gas pipelines, transportation, food and water delivery, emergency services and space systems.
DHS conducted the study after the spring 2013 nuclear crisis with North Korea in which the communist government’s leadership threatened a “preemptive” nuclear strike on the U.S. and then released videos depicting a nuclear attack on Washington.
Pry noted that the North Koreans successfully practiced an EMP attack scenario just three months before last year’s crisis. During the crisis, he said, the North Korean government issued a general mobilization order to its “nuclear forces” which included “space forces.”
“The North Koreans are seeing what they can get away with,” Pry told WND. “It shows that Pyongyang is planning something big against the U.S.”
In the suppressed report, DHS said that, if North Korea were to attempt to deploy either its Unha-3 space launch vehicle or Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile, the U.S. should destroy the missile on its pad. At the time, though, the Obama administration “repeatedly asserted that North Korea did not yet have the capacity to attack the United States or U.S. allies with nuclear missiles.”
Beef up the anti-missile shield
Former U.S. Ambassador Henry Cooper, the first director of the Strategic Defense Initiative under President George H. W. Bush, said North Korea generally tests missiles by launching them toward the South Pole, WND reported.
But, he said, the U.S. does not have its missile defense system oriented to intercept missiles from over the South Pole. Rather, all such defenses are aimed at attacks from across the North Pole. Further, WND reported, Cooper said the U.S. lacks necessary missile defenses against attacks aimed at the East Coast.
Cooper has called for deploying U.S. Navy vessels equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, considered the most sophisticated in the world, in the Atlantic; he has also called for deploying the system on land.
He noted that the Aegis system is capable of intercepting a nuclear warhead at a distance of about 150 miles above the earth, a height at which an EMP attack would likely be most effective.
In North Korea’s December 2012 test, the Stalinist nation was able to launch a satellite, both Cooper and Pry told WND, “that could have been a nuclear weapon capable of orbiting the Earth and detonating on command over the United States or anywhere else.”