Devastatingly dumb North Korean and Iranian negotiation concessions have unleashed a double whammy of unthinkable nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack horrors.
Such collaborative enterprises could launch and detonate one or more small atomic devices above the U.S. to blackout vast regions of our critical civilian and military electronics infrastructure for months or even years.
According to an unclassified 2008 Congressional EMP Commission report, a year-long blackout would cause 90 percent of the population — tens of millions of Americans — to perish from starvation and societal chaos.
Both countries have what amounts to open invitations to continue to acquire financial and technology development means that make such a threat very real.
Beginning with the Clinton administration’s 1994 North Korea nuclear accord promising a “safer nuclear-free future,” the deal counted upon Pyongyang’s pledge of honor to freeze their nuclear weapons program and allow resumption of international inspections.
North Korea also committed to phase out its five-megawatt nuclear reactor, stop construction of two larger reactors, and rejoin the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
In exchange, America and its allies agreed to build North Korea two modern nuclear power plants valued at several billion dollars, plus also delay inspections of two nuclear waste sites that were expected to reveal evidence of weapon-grades material production.
In March, 2007 North Korea told delegates at international nuclear talks (the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia, and Japan) that it was preparing to shut down its main plutonium reactor in exchange for fuel aid and normalized six-party relations.
Everything later fell apart after North Korea reactivated its plutonium processing, kicked out international inspectors, withdrew from the global Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty . . . and oh yes, successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Does any of this seem at all similar to a brand new deal with Iran?
Like, for example one trusting Iran to police its own commitments to temporarily freeze weapons-grade nuclear material development in exchange for thawing out between $100 billion and $150 billion in frozen sanctions and allow Tehran to purchase nuclear materials and the intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver them from North Korea, Russia, China . . . whomever.
Incidentally, Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council estimates that a $150 billion sum “equates to roughly a quarter of Iran’s annual gross domestic product, which last year was $415 billion.”
Center for Strategic and International Studies scholar Larry Niksch told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in July that North Korea may receive upwards of $2 [billion] to 3 $billion annually from this largess, which includes about $50 billion derived from American sanction releases.
That fool’s bargain was being conducted at the same time chants of death to America and Israel clearly stated Iran’s intended uses of that free financial windfall, namely to accomplish exactly those intentions.
Added to that irony, Bill Gertz reported in the Washington Free Beacon that Iran’s Kim Jong Un’s regime even had the nerve to supply missile components to Iran “during recent nuclear talks,” which violated U.N. “sanctions on both countries, according to U.S. intelligence officials.”
Gertz went on to say that details of those shipments “were included in Obama’s daily intelligence briefings” but were kept secret from the U.N.
Numerous U.S. and foreign press reports detail collaborations between the two rogue nations dating back to 1993. Included are exchange visitations of nuclear and rocket scientists, and $500 million in Iranian financing for North Korea’s nuclear program in return for nuclear technology.
Pyonyang has announced that its Yongbyon nuclear center has now “started normal operations” and that the regime will launch long-range, multistage missiles marking the ruling party’s 70th anniversary in October.
Many military intelligence officials believe that North Korea may have already mastered the art of producing a miniaturized EMP-capable warhead that can fit either on an ICBM aimed our way, or be delivered by a medium-range Nodong missile targeted on Israel.
Let’s venture to guess that Iran’s orbital ICBM missile program probably isn’t prioritized to advance peaceful space science.
As Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “The reason that we want to stop Iran from having an ICBM program is that ‘I’ stands for intercontinental, which means having the capability of flying from Iran to the United States.”
Or as Israel’s U.S. ambassador pointed out to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly last July, since Israel and Iran are on the same side of the world, “those ICBMs are for you.”
Yes, he was referring to us.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of “Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom”(2015) and “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax” (2012). Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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