Author’s Note: There’s a lot of information to cover here in one article. There are tremendous amounts of cross-references and sources. Some of these items you are undoubtedly familiar with; the report’s objective is to compile important details, dates, statements, and actions to present an overall view. This is to provide you with a “compendium” of actions taken and information gathered to refer to this real and imminent threat of a North Korean (or other nation’s) capabilities to strike the U.S. with an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon.
For many years, now, the U.S. has been initiating actions with nations through its aggressive policies and military buildups and creating a “Second Cold War.” This is not the topic of this article. The U.S. military is spread thin: the number of forces on active duty have been reduced significantly, and our defenses are showing deeply-disturbing signs of wear, neglect, and loss of readiness. This too is a topic of discussion for another article, but some pertinent facts on U.S. reductions will be mentioned later in the article.
I wish to present the caveat that I have been mentioning in other articles:
The next world war will be initiated by an EMP weapon detonated over the continental United States, followed by a limited nuclear exchange and conventional warfare.
North Korea is going to be either the key player or the key “puppet” used by one of the other nations, and one of those nations may very well be the United States, a false flag operation surreptitiously commenced by the Obama administration. Obama may either provoke North Korea into starting it, or carry it out with an American missile and blame it on them. North Korea does have the ability to strike the U.S. with an EMP weapon. This excerpt was taken from a press briefing at the Pentagon:
“I believe they [the North Koreans] have the capability to have miniaturized the [nuclear] device at this point, and they have the technology to potentially, actually deliver what they say they have.”
(General Curtis Scaparrotti, U.S. Military Commander, S. Korea, 10/24/2014)
The North Koreans tested an engine for an ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile) in April of this year, and in May of 2015 they also tested an SLBM (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile). This year, on March 23, 2016, they successfully tested another SLBM:
“After previous launch attempts by Pyongyang failed, this one seems to have gone much better, one U.S. official noted.
“North Korea’s sub launch capability has gone from a joke to something very serious,” this official said. “The U.S. is watching this very closely.”
Asked whether the test was successful, another U.S. official told CNN, “essentially yes.”
(CNN, from Don Melvin, Jim Sciutto, and Wil Ripley)
There is an excellent, in-depth article by Stefan Stanford entitled The Problem from Hell: ‘Doomsday’ Passes Over America Several Times Almost Every Day – Experts Warn: There’s Nothing We Can Do to Stop It.
Here are some very important portions of that article (the entire article is a “must read”) to be able to understand the concepts of a North Korean EMP attack:
“Several times almost every day, many times every week, North Korean satellite KMS 3-2 passes over North America and the US. Capable of carrying a hydrogen bomb as detailed in the video below, we can see this satellite’s continuous passes over America in the screenshots seen in this story. Called by one expert ‘the problem from hell‘, we see this satellite often sneaking up on America from the south where we’re told we’re quite vulnerable as that is our ‘blind side’.
Back in 2004, members of the Congressional EMP Commission met with two Russian generals, Russia’s top experts on EMP technology. The generals disclosed that Russia had a ‘decisive new nuclear weapon’, a ‘Super EMP warhead’. The generals also disclosed that the design information for this weapon had ‘accidentally’ been ‘leaked’ to North Korea.
Ballistic missile defenses (BMD) of the sort that we are half-heartedly pursuing are largely ineffective against an EMP caused by a simple nuclear weapon in a small satellite launched into low- Earth orbit.
One reason for BMD’s lack of effectiveness is that our defensive systems face north and the Russians have admitted to us that they have not only developed, but have passed on to North Koreans, the approach towards launching satellites or missiles called a “fractional orbit bombardment system.” This is simply launching a satellite to the south into orbit instead of on an arcing ballistic trajectory over the North Pole, so the satellite’s first approach comes at the U.S. from the south, and would hit us with a surprise EMP attack from our blindside. The United States has no Ballistic Missile Early Warning Radars or missile interceptors facing south.
Whether it is a ballistic missile targeted on the U.S. and designed to proceed immediately toward a target on land, or is the first orbit of a satellite carrying a weapon able to be detonated whenever the launcher wants, our defensive systems are not focused on such a southern-hemisphere bound launch.”
Keep in mind: Stefan Stanford wrote this in January of this year. The North KoreanKwangmyongsong-3, Unit 2 satellite was placed into orbit December 12, 2012, about 3 years before the article. Then less than one month after the article came out, the North Korean Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite was successfully launched into orbit February 7, 2016. Here is one more excerpt from that amazing article:
“…a Super-EMP weapon would have a low-yield, like the North Korean device, because it is not designed to create a big explosion, but to convert its energy into gamma rays, that generate the EMP effect. North Korean overt nuclear tests in 2009, 2013, and now in 2015 all had low yields, in the neighborhood of 3-10 kilotons.”
The North Koreans have been experimenting with low-yield nuclear tests and have had two more since the above article came out. Their fifth, and most recent test was conducted on Friday September 9, 2016 right after Obama left the G-20 summit held in China. Dr. Peter V. Pry, the chairman and foremost expert on the North Korean EMP threat has repeatedly warned the Congressional Commissions and the public that North Korea’s low yield nuclear tests fall within the requirements for a weapon to generate a Super-EMP. You can see Dr. Pry’s testimony as to how such an EMP can instantly render the U.S. “dark” and without power in this video.
Bottom line: there are two North Korean satellites in orbit that cross over the United States each day that may each be armed with a miniaturized Super-EMP weapon that can be detonated at will by North Korea.
In their own words, the North Koreans are telling us what they will do, as reported by their state news agency after the successful test of September 16, 2016, verified as being 20-30 kilotons by Western intelligence and giving off a shockwave of 5.3 on the Richter scale as measured by the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) with a seismograph:
“We successfully conducted a nuclear explosion test to determine the power of [the] nuclear warhead. We will continue to strengthen our nuclear capabilities to protect our sovereignty. We have now standardized and minimized nuclear warheads … We can now produce small nuclear warheads any time we desire.”
North Korean State Television
I recently wrote an article entitled An EMP Attack and Nuclear War: Our Biggest Security Threat is Not from North Korea, Russia, or China. I stand by that title: the biggest threat is from the deliberate complacency and the deliberate weakening of our defenses by Obama and his administration that place the U.S. in a debilitated readiness stance if an attack should occur.
The reason for referring you to that article is so you can read how on September 7, two days prior to the North Korean nuclear test of September 9, a DoS (Denial of Service) attack crashed the website of the Project on Crowdsourced Satellite Imagery based in California. So what?
So, this project is the one responsible for continuously monitoring North Korea for nuclear tests and missile firings, and hackers shut down their computer systems, preventing satellite image transfer.
And if that doesn’t cause concern, maybe this fact will.
It wasn’t determined whether the hackers were North Korean, Russian, or Chinese, and on October 1, 2016, control of the Internet passed into the hands of ICANN, a multinational firm with the Russians and Chinese holding ownership interests in it.
Meanwhile as written in previous articles, our armed forces are forced to scrap parts for aircraft from junkyards and museums, as explained to Congress on MArch 22, 2016 and also reported here:
“…an F/A-18 based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort that flew in the raid against Libya in 1986 needed a part. The part is no longer made and there were none on hand. Crew and pilots checked the F-18s on display at Beaufort to see if they might find a part. No luck. A lieutenant colonel visiting the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier about two hours away in Charleston, South Carolina. saw an F/A-18 of the same model, a HASC staff member told me today. They scrounged the part from what would appear to be the A D model on the carrier’s deck. (It’s the only F-18 at the Yorktown. They got the part, but sadly, it didn’t work.”
Breakingdefense.com, article by Colin Clark, March 23, 2016,
“Marines Scrounge Yorktown Museum F-18 for Spare Parts”
Here’s another chilling fact. Mac Slavo wrote a piece a few years back detailing the removal of TARS (Tethered Aerostat Radar System), which was basically a string of balloons with radar sensors that added about 10 to 15 minutes of time to U.S. missile defense early warning systems. Obama had them all removed and mothballed.
Bottom line: TARS ran along the Gulf of Mexico and was our first line of warning from any missile attack coming from the south…the very type of south-to-north launch or orbital pattern outlined earlier in the article that the North Koreans could use against us.
Here’s some more from Dr. Peter V. Pry that really clarifies the threat North Korea poses that I presented in an article for SHTF on February 2, 2016 entitled Super-EMP Missile Launch Window Approaches: ‘A Mortal Nuclear Threat to the United States’ Right Now:
“…North Korea is a mortal nuclear threat to the United States – right now. North Korea has already successfully tested and developed nuclear weapons. It has also already miniaturized nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery and has armed missiles with nuclear warheads.
Any nuclear weapon detonated above an altitude of 30 kilometers will generate an electromagnetic pulse that will destroy electronics and could collapse the electric power grid and other critical infrastructures – communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water – that sustain modern civilization and the lives of 300 million Americans. All could be destroyed by a single nuclear weapon making an EMP attack.
A Super-EMP attack on the United States would cause much more and much deeper damage than a primitive nuclear weapon…North Korean nuclear tests look suspiciously like a Super-EMP weapon. A Super-EMP warhead would have a low yield, like the North Korean device, because it is not designed to create a big explosion, but to convert its energy into gamma rays, that generate the EMP effect.
Reportedly South Korean military intelligence concluded, independent of the EMP Commission, that Russian scientists are in North Korea helping develop a Super-EMP warhead. In 2012, a military commentator for the People’s Republic of China stated that North Korea has Super-EMP nuclear warheads. A Super-EMP warhead would not weigh much, and could probably be delivered by North Korea’s ICBM. The missile does not have to be accurate, as the EMP field is so large that detonating anywhere over the United States would have catastrophic consequences.
So, as of Dec. 12, North Korea’s successful orbit of a satellite demonstrates its ability to make an EMP attack against the United States – right now.”
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, December 19, 2012, Washington Times, “PRY: North Korea EMP attack could destroy U.S. – now.”
On March 9, 2016, Kim Jong-Un of North Korea stated for the first time that North Korea had accomplished the miniaturization of nuclear warheads that are deliverable by ICBM. On March 10, 2016, Admiral William Gortney, Commander, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), briefed a Senate Committee regarding Un’s statement, and he said the following:
“It is prudent to assume Pyongyang has the ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and with an ICBM they can actually strike the continental U.S.”
It probably wouldn’t go that far. Current U.S. (Obama) doctrine with a nuclear strike is to respond, but with an EMP there would not be a nuclear response. This gives a “free ticket,” tying the U.S.’s hands by taking both the preemptive strike and the threat of a nuclear response in the event of an EMP off the table. Where are we in the meantime? After the G-20 summit this September, the U.S. imposed more sanctions on North Korea, after a “juvenile” display of flying two B-1-B nuclear bombers along the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) separating North and South Korea. The North Korean response was not entirely unpredictable:
“The group of Obama’s running around and talking about meaningless sanctions until today is highly laughable, when their ‘strategic patience’ policy is completely worn out and they are close to packing up to move out.”
North Korean KCNA news agency citing a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman
These words clearly show that the half-measures taken by the Obama administration are viewed in utter contempt by North Korea. Kim Jong-Un has repeatedly threatened the U.S. and South Korea with nuclear war. He has the time: the sanctions are ineffectual and (in light of the continued threats and ongoing developments) show a weak stance. It is just a matter of time before North Korea carries out its threats, and it has the resources, technical acumen, time, and patience to perfect the EMP capabilities that military and civilian experts in many nations believe it already has. In stark antithesis to the Rolling Stones’ song, time is not on our side, and a combination of Obama’s complacency and treason may soon prove this to be true when the lights go out in the U.S. …for a long time.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.