North Korea Has Developed a Super EMP – Is Attack Imminent?
December 20th, 2012
Below is a email bulletin of an intelligence report that details threats around the world.
LINE 5 – INFORMATION: North Korea is suspected of having developed a Super-EMP, known as High-Power Radio Frequency (HPRF), nuclear weapon system, which would cause more and deeper damage than earlier generation nuclear weapon systems. 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.
LINE 6 – ANALYSIS:Both 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.
Such weapon systems can be made using multi-stage thermonuclear techniques, which North Korea already possesses. Over twenty years ago in 1987, a former nuclear weapons designer wrote an article in Scientific American in which he stated that some types of thermonuclear weapons can be designed where up to 20 percent of the weapon yield would be in the form of gamma radiation – a super-EMP.
North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the United States, as demonstrated by their successful launch and orbiting of a satellite on Dec. 12.
This capability has been known as far back as 2011, when the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Ronald Burgess, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea has weaponized its nuclear devices into warheads for ballistic missiles.
In super-EMP (HPRF) weapons, it is likely that the gamma radiation reaches its
peak output within a nanosecond or two of the beginning of the nuclear reaction. One consequence of this is that the frequency components in these super-EMP weapons would be much higher, making the problem of shielding and transient protection much more difficult than simply protecting against higher field strengths.