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NORTH KOREA’S EMP THREAT

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

North Korea Dreams of Turning Out the Lights

Pyongyang doesn’t need a perfect missile. Detonating a nuke above Seoul—or L.A.—would sow chaos.

June 9, 2017
A satellite photo of Korea illustrates the South’s dependence on electricity. PHOTO:NASA

Mr. Cooper was the U.S. ambassador to the Defense and Space Talks during the Reagan administration and director of the Strategic Defense Initiative during the George H.W. Bush administration.

Conventional wisdom holds that it will be years before North Korea can credibly threaten the United States with a nuclear attack. Kim Jong Un’s scientists are still testing only low-yield nuclear weapons, the thinking goes, and have yet to place them on ballistic missiles capable of reaching America’s West Coast.

While its technological shortcomings have been well documented, North Korea’s desire to provoke a nuclear conflict with the U.S. should not be minimized or ignored. Pyongyang is surely close to getting it right.

For South Korea the danger is more immediate. According to physicist David Albright, the founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, the North Koreans have between 13 and 30 nuclear weapons and can build as many as five more every year. If Mr. Kim were to detonate one of these bombs in the atmosphere 40 miles above Seoul, it could inflict catastrophic damage on South Korea’s electric power grid, leading to a prolonged blackout that could have deadly consequences.

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VIDEO – NORTH KOREA’S EMP THREAT

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

DR. PETER PRY, NATIONAL AND HOMELAND SECURITY TASK FORCE, INTERVIEWED BY LOU DOBBS, FOX BUSINESS

MAY 8, 2017

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VICTOR DAVIS HANSON – ANCIENT LAWS, MODERN WARS

Monday, May 15th, 2017

 

Ancient Laws, Modern Wars

Victor Davis Hanson

4/6/2017 12:01:00 AM – Victor Davis Hanson

The most dangerous moments in foreign affairs often come after a major power seeks to reassert its lost deterrence.

The United States may be entering just such a perilous transitional period.

Rightly or wrongly, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and Middle East-based terrorists concluded after 2009 that the U.S. saw itself in decline and preferred a recession from world affairs.

In that void, rival states were emboldened, assuming that America thought it could not — or should not — any longer exercise the sort of political and military leadership it had demonstrated in the past.

Enemies thought the U.S. was more focused on climate change, United Nations initiatives, resets, goodwill gestures to enemies such as Iran and Cuba, and soft-power race, class and gender agendas than on protecting and upholding longtime U.S. alliances and global rules.

In reaction, North Korea increased its missile launches and loudly promised nuclear destruction of the West and its allies.

Russia violated its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and absorbed borderlands of former Soviet republics.

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NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR TIMELINE – 1985 -2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

 

The facts speak for themselves.  Nancy

North Korea Nuclear Timeline Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and the history of its weapons program.

1985 
North Korea signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
1993 
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
 demands that inspectors be given access to two nuclear waste storage sites. In response, North Korea threatens to quit the NPT but eventually opts to continue participating in the treaty.
1994 
North Korea and the United States sign an agreement. Among other stipulations, North Korea pledges to freeze and eventually dismantle its old, graphite-moderated nuclear reactors in exchange for international aid to build two new light-water nuclear reactors.
2002
January 29 – US President George W. Bush labels North Korea, Iran and Iraq an “axis of evil” in his State of the Union address. “By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger,” he says.
October – The Bush Administration reveals that North Korea has admitted operating a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of the 1994 agreement.
2003
January 10 – 
North Korea withdraws from the NPT.
February – The United States confirms North Korea has reactivated a five-megawatt nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon facility, capable of producing plutonium for weapons.
April – Declares it has nuclear weapons.
2005
North Korea tentatively agrees to give up its entire nuclear program, including weapons. In exchange, the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea say they will provide energy assistance to North Korea, as well as promote economic cooperation.
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THE HIROSHIMA SPEECH OBAMA WON’T GIVE

Friday, May 20th, 2016

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Hiroshima Speech Obama Won’t Give

 

The Japanese national flag flutters at half-staff at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in western Japan on August 6, 1998.ENLARGE
The Japanese national flag flutters at half-staff at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in western Japan on August 6, 1998. PHOTO: REUTERS

The White House said this week that President Obama will visit Hiroshima during his visit to Japan later this month, setting off speculation about what he would say in the city where America used the atomic bomb to end World War II without an invasion. Here’s the speech we don’t expect Mr. Obama to give—though he’s more than welcome to it.

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It is with mixed emotions that I stand before you today. Seven years ago, in Prague, I committed my Administration to the goal of bringing about a world without nuclear weapons—a cause I have championed since my student days. My country has since sharply reduced its nuclear arsenal through the 2010 New Start treaty with Russia, and my Administration has negotiated a nuclear agreement with Iran. We have organized regular summits on nuclear security. And we have toughened international sanctions on North Korea after its nuclear tests.

Yet a nuclear-free world seems further out of reach today than when I entered office. As I near the end of my Presidency, I feel obliged to tell you how I think I went wrong.

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VIDEO – BILL WHITTLE – PRESIDENT FAILURES SMART DIPLOMACY

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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NORTH KOREA POSES EMP THREAT

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

 

The possible catastrophic damage from an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse)  attack has been known for decades and yet very little has been done by our government to protect our country by  hardening our electrical grid and damage proofing  our various  means of transportation .  This article warns of North Korea’s latest satellite launching as a potential danger to us by an EMP as we are very vulnerable. 
For more information on this threat, ICON Lectures’ May 17 presentation will be on “The EMP Threat” given by James Jay Carafano, PhD, at 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill at 7 p.m.  Dr. Carafano has the responsibility for the Heritage Foundation’s entire defense and foreign policy team.  For tickets and more information, please go to www.iconlectureseries.com       Nancy
AMERICAN THINKER

North Korea Poses EMP Threat

The nightmare scenario of an America sent back centuries in time before electricity, refrigeration, and smart phones has grown unnervingly closer with the presence of two North Korean satellites with orbits over a blissfully unaware American populace and an Obama administration indifferent to the apocalyptic threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

On Feb. 7, North Korea launched a second satellite, the KMS-4, to join their KMS-3 satellite launched in December of 2012. In an article in the Washington Times on April 24, R. James Woolsey,  former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Peter Vincent Fry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security as well as director of the Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards, warned of the dangers of an apocalyptic EMP attack that these and similar satellites pose:

Both satellites now are in south polar orbits, evading many U.S. missile defense radars and flying over the United States from the south, where our defenses are limited. Both satellites — if nuclear armed — could make an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that could blackout the U.S. electric grid for months or years, thereby killing millions.

Technologically, such an EMP attack is easy — since the weapon detonates at high-altitude, in space, no shock absorbers, heat shield, or vehicle for atmospheric re-entry is necessary. Since the radius of the EMP is enormous, thousands of kilometers, accuracy matters little. Almost any nuclear weapon will do.

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EMP THREAT – REAL AND GROWING – ICON LECTURE

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
 
Please scroll down to read the U.S. News & World Report article entitled “

The  EMP Threat is Real and Growing” which discusses a possibly catastrophic threat to this country that  very few people are aware of. 

To inform the public on this possible disaster, ICON Lectures will be presenting James Jay Carafano, PhD, who will be speaking on “The EMP Threat” on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7 pm at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Carafano is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges and is the Heritage Foundation’s Vice President and is responsible for Heritage’s entire defense and foreign policy team.    He is also a 25-year Army veteran with a doctorate from Georgetown University and is also a West Point graduate. 
Tickets for this exceptional lecture can be obtained at www.iconlectureseries.com
Nancy
US NEWS & WORLD REPORT
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report

The EMP Threat Is Real and Growing

Building defenses against the electromagnetic threat has never been more urgent – or more doable.

A row of power lines at sunset.

We must harden our infrastructure to withstand electromagnetic threats.
By and Oct. 1, 2015, at 8:00 a.m.+ More

Ongoing crises make it difficult for policymakers to devote sufficient attention to electromagnetic threats, which are less prominent but potentially catastrophic. Events that reflect our growing vulnerability to these threats often slip quickly from the front page, as did the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Others, such as solar storms across Alaska in March and the accidental power station explosion in April that left Washington, D.C. in the dark, go mostly unnoticed. And even events that dominate headlines, like the Iran nuclear agreement, don’t tell the whole story about electromagnetic threats. As a nuclear threshold state, Iran may quickly race to build a bomb that could be used to conduct a devastating electromagnetic attack against the United States.
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THE MELTING OF OUR ELECTRIC GRID – AN EMP STRIKE

Monday, May 4th, 2015

 

There is some very sobering information in this article.   Congress needs to AGAIN  take up the issue of protecting our electric grid.   Please call your representatives to urge them to do so.    (From this article:  Congress also has failed to act on the plans of its own EMP commission to protect the electric grid and other civilian infrastructure that depends on a viable electric grid—such as communications, transportation, banking—that are essential to the economy. In recent years, the GRID Act, the Shield Act, and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act have gained bipartisan and even unanimous support in the House, yet they died in the Senate.)      Nancy
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Threat to Melt the Electric Grid – An EMP Strike
By
Henry F. Cooper And
Peter Vincent Pry   Amb. Cooper is the former director of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Mr. Pry is executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and served in the EMP Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

May 1, 2015
EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  At an April 7 Pentagon news conference, Norad Commander Adm. William Gortney noted that Norad is going back underground “because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain’s built. It’s EMP-hardened.” He explained that North Korea now has mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles, the KN-08, armed with nuclear warheads, that can strike the U.S. While the KN-08 is inaccurate, it could be used to launch a high-altitude nuclear EMP attack………North Korea have successfully orbited satellites on south-polar trajectories that appear to practice evading U.S. missile defenses, and at optimum altitudes to make a surprise EMP attack.   The U.S. has no ballistic-missile early-warning radars or ground-based interceptors facing south and would be blind to a nuclear warhead orbited as a satellite from a southern trajectory. The missile defense plans were oriented during the Cold War for a northern strike from the Soviet Union, and they have not been adapted for the changing threats.

The Pentagon is moving the headquarters for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) back into Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs, Colo., a decade after having largely vacated the site.

Why the return? Because the enormous bunker in the hollowed-out mountain, built to survive a Cold War-era nuclear conflict, can also resist an electromagnetic-pulse attack, or EMP. America’s military planners recognize the growing threat from an EMP attack by bad actors around the world, in particular North Korea and Iran.

An EMP strike, most likely from the detonation of a nuclear weapon in space, would destroy unprotected military and civilian electronics nationwide, blacking out the electric grid and other critical infrastructure for months or years. The staggering human cost of such a catastrophic attack is not difficult to imagine.

The primary headquarters for Norad, which provides early warning and command and control for the defense of the U.S. against nuclear attack, has for a decade been at nearby Peterson Air Force Base. Critical Norad operations are being moved back into Cheyenne Mountain, and the Pentagon recently awarded a $700 million contract to Raytheon RTN 1.04 % to upgrade electronics through 2020. (more…)

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ELECTRONIC ARMAGEDDON – AN EMP STRIKE – 6 VIDEOS

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

VIDEO – ELECTRONIC ARMAGEDDON – AN EMP STRIKE

counterjihadreport.com/2015/04/19/an-emp-attack-on-america-seems-likely/

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