North Korea launching a nuclear weapon toward the United States isn’t actually the worst-case scenario, some experts warn. Far more devastating to the entire country would be a nuclear electromagnetic pulse bomb, which they say has the potential to kill “90 percent of all Americans” within one year.
During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday, experts told lawmakers that the threat is very serious and efforts must be taken to secure the grid.
The testimony comes after North Korea confirmed last month that an EMP attack is one of the regime’s goals.
“The H-Bomb, the explosive power of which is adjustable from tens of kilotons to hundreds of kilotons, is a multi-functional thermonuclear weapon with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack according to strategic goals,” Pyongyang said in a statement.
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