The U.S. Air Force recently held a briefing on the threat posed by a North Korean ship off the U.S. coast.
According to experts, North Korea is testing missiles to launch a nuclear weapon from a ship off the U.S. coast into the atmosphere. This explosion could shut off electricity for months through an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) explosion.
From the Washington Examiner:
Officials have raised new worries that “determined adversaries” want to attack the grid, either with a physical hit or a potential EMP attack.
Experts have suggested that North Korea, for example, is testing missiles to launch a nuclear weapon from a ship off the U.S. coast into the atmosphere where an explosion could shut off electricity for months through an atmospheric EMP explosion.
In an Air Force briefing provided to the Examiner, the service raised concerns about “aging infrastructure,” a “growing number of cyberattacks” on the grid, “coordinated physical attacks on key grid components” and “risks from state and non-state actors,” presumably such as the Islamic State or North Korea.
It also raised the issue of natural disasters smacking the unprotected grid, including a “pattern of increasingly extreme and unpredictable storms,” and “catastrophic earthquakes.”
North Korea has in the recent times increased rhetoric on potential attacks to the United States and South Korea. Just this week, they released a 4 minute video titled “last chance” in which they made a direct threat of a nuclear blast in Washington DC.