Expert: Cuba could hit U.S. with EMP death blow
Panama Canal discovery suggests ‘defensive’ missile capable of carrying nuke
F. MICHAEL MALOOF
July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON – Cuba may be in violation of the intent of an agreement that settled the Cuban missile crisis more than 50 years ago, according to an expert. But he made clear that’s the least of concerns raised by new evidence.
The major concern is that the rogue island nation may have “defensive” missiles that can be loaded with nukes and dispatched to deliver an electromagnetic pulse death blow to the United States.
The comments come from an expert on EMP dangers after the recent discovery of components of Cuban SA-2 surface-to-air missiles on a North Korean ship in the Panama Canal. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, said Cuba possessing the missiles may violate the intent of the 1962 agreement, and pose a huge danger to the U.S., especially in light of a Cuban relationship with North Korea, which has tested nuclear bombs.
The SA-2 SAMs alone do not violate the resolution of the Cuban missile crisis, which developed under President John Kennedy, since they are regarded as defensive anti-aircraft missile.
“However, if armed with a nuclear warhead and launched from a freighter, it is technically possible to use the SA-2 offensively for an (electromagnetic pulse) attack,” said Pry.