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Officials Warn: “North Korea Could Explode A High-Altitude Nuclear Device Over The United States

 
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Officials Warn: “North Korea Could Explode A High-Altitude Nuclear Device Over The United States
U.S. officials quietly are expressing concern that North Korea could use its “space launch vehicle” to explode a high-altitude nuclear device over the United States, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would destroy major portions of the U.S. electrical grid system as well as the nation’s critical infrastructures.

The concern is so great that U.S. officials who watch North Korea closely are continually monitoring the status of the North Korean “space launch vehicle,” whose status could suggest a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.

They are aware of the three-stage missile North Korea launched last December that also orbited a “package,” which experts say could be a test to orbit a nuclear weapon that then would be deorbited on command anywhere over the U.S. and exploded at a high altitude, creating an EMP effect.



This concern recently has been reinforced by a little-publicized study by the U.S. Army War College that said a nuclear detonation at altitude above a U.S. city could wipe out the electrical grid for hundreds, possibly thousands of miles around.

The impact would be catastrophic.

“Preparing for months without a commercial source of clean water (city water pressure is often dependent on electric pumping to storage towers) and stoppage of sewage treatment facilities will require net methods of survival particularly in populated areas,” the military study said.

The May 2011 study, titled, “In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event,” concluded that there is “very little” in the way of backup capability to the electric grid upon which the communications infrastructure is vitally dependent.

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Two years ago the North Koreans detonated a nuclear weapon that experts claimed had such a low-yield it posed no significant threat. However, EMPact President Dr. Peter Vincent Pry has a different assessment. He suggests that, while the blast may have been weak, if detonated at high altitude over the United States, the gamma rays emitted are powerful enough to disable the national power grid across the lower 48 states.
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Re: Officials Warn: “North Korea Could Explode A High-Altitude Nuclear Device Over The United States
The citation for this article is a WND one.

The WND article has NO citation.

WND articles are routinely full of shit. Around the election they published one that said Obama had "Given up" winning and had already begun building his presidential Library.
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04/03/2013 10:57 PM
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Re: Officials Warn: “North Korea Could Explode A High-Altitude Nuclear Device Over The United States
If it were possible America would do it to them first. Forget the EMP lore.
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04/03/2013 11:13 PM
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I'd imagine the US and Russia have plenty of warheads in orbit.

The space shuttle was usually servicing the orbiting nukes, that's why they had so much plutonium on them.
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lol.. I love the fear mongering..

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