U.S. Worries About 'Electromagnetic Pulse Attack' from N.Korea

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    November 29, 2017 11:18

    The U.S. Congress has decided to revive an obscure committee that works out a response to a hypothetical "electromagnetic pulse weapon" attack on the U.S. 

    The committee is being re-launched with 12 lifetime members under the National Defense Authorization Act, which both the Senate and the House have passed recently, according to Voice of America on Monday.

    U.S. President Donald Trump is to meet senators and congressmen to fine-tune the budget on Tuesday.

    The original committee was launched in 2000 and operated largely unnoticed for 17 years until it was disbanded this Sept. 30. But now congressmen seem to feel that the threat from North Korea is real enough to re-launch the committee.

    The theory is that a powerful burst of electromagnetic radiation from the detonation of a nuclear weapon in the atmosphere would destroy all kinds of electronic equipment within its radius and blast U.S. society back into agrarian times.

    The North Korean regime after its sixth nuclear test in September claimed its "hydrogen bomb" has enormous destructive power and it could also launch a "very powerful" EMP attack on a vast area by detonating it in the atmosphere.

    The committee will have six members each from the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and be tasked with assessing EMP attack threats and making reports.

    In a 2008 report, the committee warned that a wholesale EMP attack on the U.S. using several nuclear warheads would leave power grids and electronic systems paralyzed and 90 percent of the U.S. population dead from starvation and disease within 18 months.

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