The issue of an Iranian nuclear strike that could do immense damage to the United States was raised in Israel this week in an opinion piece by U.S. analyst Peter Vincent Pry warning of the possibility of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack targeting the United States.
In the article, published on the Israeli website Arutz Sheva
, Pry warned that "Iranian military documents describe such a scenario — including a recently translated Iranian military textbook that endorses nuclear EMP attack against the United States."
A source said that the textbook discusses an EMP attack on America in 20 different places, the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard
Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who is leading an effort to protect the U.S. electric grid from an EMP attack, has reportedly made similar claims based on the document translated by military authorities. A threat once dismissed by critics, Bedard notes, "recent moves by Iran and North Korea have given credibility to the potential EMP threat from an atmospheric nuclear explosion over the U.S."
Pry has suggested ways for Iran to deliver a nuclear attack including a ship launched off the East Coast, via a satellite or utilizing a missile.
"One nuclear warhead detonated at high altitude over the United States would black out the national electrical grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures for months or years" by means of an EMP attack, Pry wrote.
He added that "a nationwide blackout lasting one year "could cause chaos and starvation that leaves 90 percent of Americans dead."
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