It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Description of High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse
HEMP is produced when a nuclear weapon is detonated high above the Earth’s surface, creating gamma-radiation that interacts with the atmosphere to create an intense electromagnetic energy field that is harmless to people as it radiates outward, but which can overload computer circuitry with effects similar to, but causing damage much more swiftly than a lightning strike.6 The effects of HEMP became fully known to the United States in 1962 during a high-altitude nuclear test (code named “Starfish Prime”) over the Pacific Ocean, when radio stations and electronic equipment were disrupted 800 miles away throughout Hawaii. The HEMP effect can span thousands of miles, depending on the altitude and the design and power of the nuclear burst (a single device detonated at an appropriate altitude over Kansas reportedly could affect all of the continental United States)7, and can be picked up by metallic conductors such as wires or power cables, acting as antennas to conduct the energy shockwave into the electronic systems of cars, airplanes, and communications equipment.
originally posted by: yuppa
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
Cars. Are actually pretty well used to EM radiation these days. they did testing a while back on modern vehicles. highly PC intensive ones had a issue,but with their built in power surge protection were easy to get back running with minimal effort compared to pre 90s vehicles. alot of those were fine with a battery change.
Tests done on 37 automobiles (that used electronic ignition systems) by the United States EMP Commission showed that all of the tested cars would still run after a simulated EMP, although most sustained some (mostly nuisance) electronic damage. Individuals associated with the EMP Commission have stated that their tests on vehicles were somewhat misleading since the EMP simulator pulses were started at low levels and repeated until the vehicle experienced some sort of electronic upset. After that point was reached, the vehicle was not tested at higher levels since the vehicles were borrowed, and the Commission was liable for any damage to the vehicles.So we don't know at what point the automobiles would have been permanently damaged.
The EMP Commission tests were only on 1986 through 2002 model vehicles. Automobiles and trucks have become far more dependent upon sensitive electronics since 2002.
To this point U.S. and SK intelligence has grossly miscalculated NKs capabilities. Probably aided with the help of another country. Probably Russia. You must assume their accelerated advances will continue apace. You must also consider that whoever is helping them may try to goad them into attacking the United States. Someone is using NK as a weapon against the U.S. - and I don't think simply ignoring it is the right choice.
Finally the thought of sanctions. Harsh enough, over time they'd certainly have an affect, and would probably help. But the problem is that NK may be getting more than just asset and training help - they might be getting funds as well. In which case sanctions would have a drastically lessened effect.
originally posted by: tony12051973
If that works... surely the west would have used it first on the North Koreans? It would not kill anybody but leave them more isolated than they are now?
I believe it's more likely that he got assistance from Iran. They signed off on the non-nuclear proliferation agreement with the US and just moved shop to NK. The Iranian leadership still hates the US quite passionately.