Experts Warn A Single North Korean Nuke Could Blackout National Electric Grid And Kill 90% Of Americans

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Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) via,

For those who are skeptical about North Korea’s capabilities, there is an excellent article presented by The Hill, entitled How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans.”  The article is authored by none other than R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, the Executive Director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and a former analyst with the CIA.

Although the President is moving forward with his agenda, he has hit a “stall” in these first two months just on repealing Obamacare: The Republican Party has been the stall, refusing to give him the necessary votes and impetus to overcome it.  As mentioned in previous articles, it will take the President at least 6 months before his actions and effectiveness can be assessed.  Six months is a long time.  In the meantime, the U.S. continues to emplace measures such as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense) being deployed to South Korea.

China and Russia view it as an aggressive measure and a threat rather than a defensive strategy to protect South Korea and Japan.  This is partially correct.  The important thing to consider here is that North Koreans and their leader are starting to become more irate regarding the deployment of THAAD, the ongoing military exercises of U.S. and South Korean troops in the latter’s nation, and the demand by Japan for a first strike initiative to occur.

Here are some excerpts from the article that readers should keep in mind:

“The mainstream media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege North Korea does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated threats to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons.  False reassurance is given to the American people that North Korea has not “demonstrated” that it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead small enough for missile delivery, or build a reentry vehicle for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of penetrating the atmosphere to blast a U.S. city.


Yet any nation that has built nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, as North Korea has done, can easily overcome the relatively much simpler technological challenge of warhead miniaturization and reentry vehicle design.”

These two paragraphs clearly state that North Korea can miniaturize a warhead.  Once again, the naysayers will only be satisfied that they “can” when either an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon and/or a nuclear warhead is delivered with either complete loss of power in the U.S. and/or the loss of an American city.  When such occurs, the naysayers will then say nothing.

The objective is not to be “right” in this debate, but to be aware…to foster such awareness and help others to make whatever preparations they can before such occurs.  Here is another declaration by this article…a deep one:

“The notion that North Korea is testing A-Bombs and H-Bomb components, but does not yet have the sophistication to miniaturize warheads and make reentry vehicles for missile delivery is absurd.”

The threat could not be made any clearer than that.  The article goes on to describe assessments made in February and March of 2015 by former senior national security officials who warned this:

“…North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States.”

In April Admiral William Gortney, former Commander of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) warned at a press conference that the KN-08 mobile ICBM missile system of North Korea could strike the United States with a nuclear warhead.

Exactly six months later, Gortney declared (based on intelligence analyses) that North Korea has nuclear weapons, the capability to miniaturize them, and is capable of placing them on a missile that can reach the continental United States. This last excerpt of the article is very important due to the gravity of the current situation (the article was written today), the warning it gives, and the denouncement of the MSM (mainstream media) for obfuscating the facts on the matter and “underreporting” an issue of this magnitude:

“According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year – killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.  Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S. on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack. 


Why do the press and public officials ignore or under-report these facts?  Perhaps no administration wants to acknowledge that North Korea is an existential threat on their watch.  Whatever the motives for obfuscating the North Korean nuclear threat, the need to protect the American people is immediate and urgent…”

These men are experts in the field.  Why is the United States (as a whole) being so lackadaisical when it comes to such a problem?  As I have written in the past, it is my fervent wish that it never comes to pass…because the death of millions is not a “fair tradeoff” just to be able to be “right” or “correct” in a point of view.  For me personally, it is not about that.  It is about paying attention to men who make it their full-time business to be aware of the true threat that the MSM does not report, and reporting it here.  In this manner, you may be able to give yourself a small edge to make it by being aware and taking any precautions you can take with your family.  It is better to be aware, prepared, and have nothing happen than to wake up one morning and find an American city has been nuked and an EMP has rendered us without power.  Let us hope that doesn’t ever happen.

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Mr.BlingBling's picture

As long as D.C., NYC, Chicago, and LA are in the 90% group I could live with that so to speak.
And Jersey.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Mr.BlingBling Apr 2, 2017 9:18 PM

Same here. Bring it on. Boom boom out go the lights.

tmosley's picture

To be fair, "experts" are generally completely fucking retarded and tend to be wrong pretty much every time.

erkme73's picture

Can we save that one bomb for Washington, DC?  I'm pretty sure 90% of Americans would cheer, and finally live free.

Billy the Poet's picture

Imagine how the Iranians might feel if Israel had a nuclear arsenal.

90's Child's picture

Probably the same Israel experts that have been preaching Iran is that much closer to having nuclear weapons.... For over a decade now.

Pure Evil's picture

Oh my, what would all the didndo's do when the EBT cards stop working?


And, hey you at the top, what you got against Jersey?

yovatti's picture
yovatti (not verified) Pure Evil Apr 2, 2017 10:02 PM

"Jeremiah Johnson" is a fucking moron who has no clue what he's talking about.

It is very easy to make a nuclear weapon without knowing how to miniaturize it.




Harlequin001's picture

Didn't they say this about Saddam and his WMD?

Wasn't he supposedly able to strike the UK within 45 minutes?

I'm all for gathering intelligence but people who write this stuff should be executed if its wrong and it leads us to war.

tdag's picture

Spook's gonna spook. Trash piece. North Korea is a Chinese vassal. US knows this, China knows this. So, what, armageddon? Or boogeyman propaganda?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Go on then, laugh till you weep.

Or be afraid. Very very afraid. Bogeymen everywhere.... duck and cover, the desk will save you.

From the fall out. 

This is perhaps the best telling of how world history has beeen shaped by the fully clued in bastards in the US state dept. and the foreign affairs fuckers.... it's so funny that if it wasn't so sad, it'd be ha ha funny. But you read this. And by the end of it.... if you have a brain cell and a beating heart, you should be crying. 

Crying when you figure out that all your wealth is based on other people's misery.....

Not just misery.....rape, pillage.....

over and over.... 200 years of wars.....

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Oh regional, I hear what you are saying but I think that what little wealth I have is mostly related to how hard I worked. Still at it by the way and getting too old to do it anymore. But I gotta get the youngest through college. White mans burden I guess. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Brother MK, mine was a macro comment. Of course most good folks had neither real voice nor any control on their rogue governments in the last century.

Regardless, it was a volunteer army that did most of the may-hemming....

Sins of omission/commission...

We're all in it together....

CuttingEdge's picture

OK. Let's put this in simple terms.

The MIC have a huge stockpile of ordnance and need to offload it to replenish for the benefit of the shareholders, and the pissant fight against ISIS and Yemen in the ME isn't exactly cutting the mustard on that score, especially with the inconvenient Russians making it harder to do so.

All the bullshit make sense now?

These fucking "experts" are batshit crazy and need putting down - with extreme prejudice.

fx's picture

If that were the case, how come Adam schiff, McCain, Killary and all the other neocon warmongers are so keen to take on Russia with its thousands of warheads? If one or two reaching the US would be sufficient to end the USofA as we know it?

Sanity Bear's picture

I'm starting to think that is associated with the CIA.

Just saying that, because it's weird as hell that they publish this at the same time a former CIA director says pretty much the exact same thing.

All the stuff always seemed to be full of red flags to me. Maybe this is the reason why.

ZH, it's time to dump those losers. This site is NOT improved by their trash.

wee-weed up's picture



"Experts Warn A Single North Korean Nuke Could Blackout National Electric Grid And Kill 90% Of Americans"

This is pure "rile up the natives" balderdash...

As the Norks still lack a dependable long-range delivery system...

But the fat little bastard dictator definitely needs to be reigned in, and quickly...

As South Korea, Japan, and other allies in the area could face calamity.

Fortunately, Trump will tell Xi if he lacks the will to do it...

We will!

TBT or not TBT's picture

Check again.  The norks have TWO satellites up, launched by their own rockets, in exactly the polar orbits you would want for a first strike EMO weapon, and a backup.    That's today.   Unlikely they had nukes in them at launch, the next ones could.   Now.  Currently.  

BarkingCat's picture

So the same media and the same politicians that you know lie to you and had always lied to you tell you something about the "fat little bastard dictator" and you believe them???

DaddyO's picture

Forget the Norks, how much have we borrowed from the Chicoms?

Pay up or we nuke your power grid and plunge you into chaos.

Anyway, it seems plausible...remember the missle launch off the Kali coast.


Dolar in a vortex's picture

"We've always been at war against EastAsia."

Hillary wanted war with Russia, it looks like Trump wants to take down the Nork's.

MEFOBILLS's picture

We've always been at war against EastAsia."


Really?  That is what the wall street gambit was all about.  Greenmailing american industry to relocate to China.

If that is war, then let's get it on.  Maybe China will export American jobs back to the homeland in a tit for tat war-like gesture.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Nobody thought Saddam had functional nuclear warheads...yet.  Most intelligence agencies and Saddam himself thought Saddam had a nuclear weapons program.   Neighboring Syria, also a Bathurst regime, got its nork designed reactor facility blown up by Israeli air strikes after that.    The windup to the war that ousted Saddam took 18 months all the same, and large convoys of trucks carried stuff into Syria during that time.  Weird huh?

Wannabe_Oracle's picture

Yeah, what's up with that dude and the Jersey hit... We folk up here in Northwest NJ, well, we ain't stupid... This is a Trump county....


Now, if your desire is to see Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties turned into dirt, please let me get some family members out beforehand... ./

booboo's picture

1 boomer responding to this would essentially make life miserable for whoever remains in the aftermath but what would be the point, a daisy chain of punch counter punch would be set on autopilot.

Al Gophilia's picture

And Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. Riiiiiight.

random999's picture

a blackout gonna happen sooner or later. the murderers are the ones who make us completly addicted to electricity. Swipe a fucking visa card??

BarkingCat's picture

If you truly want to see how incredibly stupid college educated Americans are go to a grocery store and pick a register being operated by a 20 something, and pay cash that includes change that does not equal to what the register said. Watch that confused look in their eyes.

For example your bill comes out to $37.62  and you give them $42.77. 

Now imagine will happen when the electricity is out.

Countrybunkererd's picture

That isn't quite fair.  funny but not fair.  I would look at you like you were an idiot and be confused at why in the hell would you give me that difference.  If you give them $37.75 then the confusion is genuine.  You are not incorrect but once in a while you come across an american that CAN think and better CAN COUNT.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Indeed 90's, back in ~2003 i wrote an op-ed in response to an article in which then Under-Secretary of State NIck Burns said Iran was capable of launching a nuclear weapon in 10 days. It's been nothing but blather ever since.

SwaziRed's picture

>>>Can we save that one bomb for Washington, DC?  I'm pretty sure 90% of Americans would cheer, and finally live free.

You're talking about your nation's capital and your fellow Americans. Shame on you, you treasonous fuck.

CJgipper's picture

That capital EXISTS to extract work from me and reallocate it to people who refuse to work.  Fuck you and them.

Sanity Bear's picture

They are so far outside the bounds of lawful operation that the only realistic way to view D.C. is as an occupying power.

In Ze No's picture

Guess you just outed SwasiRed as of them. 

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

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Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

That's my thought. I feel as though in our age, the term "expert" is rapidly being redefined.

bonin006's picture

Over 500 atmospheric nuke tests in the 60's (maybe started in the 50's - I don't feel like looking it up again now), and now ONE is going to destroy the USA? I think some worthless assholes are just looking to get more money.

man from glad's picture

The nuke tests in the 50-60's didn't affect anything because everything was run on vacuum tubes and transistors the size of Hillarys cankles.

TBT or not TBT's picture

That's part of it.   Main reason was few tests were at very high altitude, nevermind space, where EMP effect is enormously larger.   The Soviets nevertheless did remark the effect more so than we did due to our test locations for the H homes.    Siberia vs Pacific Ocean.   They kept preferring tube electronics far after we did for critical systems in part because they knew about EMP directly, via planned experiments with it    The US encountered it by surprise in a high altitude test called Starfish Prime.   Damaged stuff thousands of miles away.   Robust stuff.   

Sofa King's picture

No shit, I actually think they mentioned the "Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator" in the last Defense Breifing.

Trader200K's picture

Would normally agree with you 100%, unfortunately the generalization is wrong here.


Grumbleduke's picture
A Single North Korean Nuke

Whereas it is absolutely prudent, to poke the Russians in the eye. Their nukes are not that devastating. 

Bomb North Crimea!

Is there an end to this whole assholery?

Ms. Erable's picture

The article makes everything crystal clear: we need to start WWIII so we can avoid the consequences of someone else starting WWIII.

Fucking brilliant strategic thinking.

cheech_wizard's picture

Thank you for that comment. I remeber back when that fucking weasel Leon Panetta was warning Congress that North Korea had 3 stage intercontinental missiles that could be outfitted with a nuke...

Standard Disclaimer: Note to author - quit smoking dope.


MK13's picture

Experts whose 'worrisome' assessment assures flow of millions of dollars into their own pockets and military industrial complex.

Can I ask why is US involved in protection of S. Korean sovereignty 30 years after end of Cold War? I don't give a damn whether red or blue or radioactive kimchi is eaten on Korean Peninsula.

Oh regional Indian's picture

I think the word sovereignty  is being used in the "Cruel Joke" context when it comes to South Korea and other post WWII US vassal sates and satrapies... Japan, Germany, Poland..... long list...

Koba the Dread's picture

I was in the expert game for many years. The best definition of an expert is a guy wearing a nice suit and who is from out of town. He's got to be from out of town because every local knows what bullshitters all the other locals are.

poeg's picture

These the same experts who claimed America could survive a nuke fight with Russia? WTF is wrong with Uncle Sam? Bath Salts? Too many first cousins sharing beds?


Nuke fight with Russia feasable... nuke fight with Kim Gangnam is an extinction level event... and the first domed tent was created by an Eskimo out of a right whale's uterus.

land_of_the_few's picture

And how very strange that other, lesser countries seem to think they need at least 200 *normal* nukes to even take out a *single well-defended major city*. And, the Norks are trying very hard with their special Rube Goldberg-style *ballistic missile* tests, not any crazy fictional orbital sh1t. You can even see it on YouTube, it's not like they are shy about it  ....

Plus, it's not like the US would notice any difference if there were *some blackouts*.  pretty much par for the course for places that don't really get the idea of *functioning public utilities* - like California.

land_of_the_few's picture

So basically, the expert is too stupid to be a *current* analyst of the CIA. That's a little concerning.

fattail's picture

Speaking of experts...  Good thing we spent $5 trillion in the middle east.