North Korea capable of killing millions of Americans: US intelligence officials

March 30, 2017 2:17 pm

North Korean military forces partake in a parade. (file photo)

is capable of
killing millions of Americans by launching a nuclear attack, two high
ranking intelligence officials have claimed, arguing that the
secretive republic has already mastered the technology needed to fire
massive atomic bombs at the US mainland.

“The mainstream
media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege
North does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated
threats to strike the US with nuclear weapons,” James Woolsey, a former
CIA director, and Peter Vincent Pry, head of the Congressional EMP
Commission, wrote in an article published by The Hill on Wednesday.
The
EMP (ectromagnetic pulse) Commission is tasked with assessing the EMP
threats against the US and address the country’s vulnerabilities to such
threats.
“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 US city,” added the article, titled How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans.
According
to Woolsey and Pry, the CIA’s top East Asia analyst publicly confirmed
in 2008 that Pyongyang had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead
and tested it using the Nodong medium-range ballistic missile.
Three
years later, then Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess told the Senate Armed Services
Committee that North Korea “has weaponized its nuclear devices into
warheads for arming ballistic missiles.”
Admiral William Gortney,
then Commander of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD), repeated the
same claim in 2015, warning that the North could strike the US with a
nuclear-capable KN-08 mobile ICBM.
The
article goes on to warn that North Korea’s KMS-3 and KMS-4 satellites
have been orbiting the US “on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP
attack.”
The authors referred to North Korea’s successful
satellite launch and testing of an alleged Hydrogen bomb, warning that
Pyongyang had everything it needed to cause chaos in the US.
Concluding
that a large part of America’s population was vulnerable to a surprise
nuclear attack, Woolsey and Pry made several recommendations to protect
them.
“The US must be prepared to preempt North Korea by any means
necessary—including nuclear weapons,” they wrote, adding that the US
electric grid and national missile defenses should also be hardened
against EMP attacks.
Tensions have been running high between the US and North Korea for months now.
Last
week, Pyongyang warned Washington that a preemptive strike was always a
possibility, after the US and South Korean military forces simulated
attacks on North Korean targets during joint military drills that
involve 17,000 American troops and more than 300,000 South Koreans.
Washington
has been sending sophisticated weapons to the South in order to prevent
Seoul against what it calls the North’s “aggression.”
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