With tensions continuing to build between the United States and North Korea, Hermit kingdom dictator Kim Jong-un has claimed he has the capability to hit mainland US with his rockets.
He’s brazenly carried out nuclear and missile tests to showcase his terrifying weapons.Though it has been claimed today Kim may be “lying about the latest ballistic missile test”.
An Al Jazeera report has revealed how a nuclear blast above the US would leave “320 million Americans running out of food and fighting for survival”.
Kim would “destroy modern life as we know it” if he carries out his terrifying threat, the report said.The blast would lead to an electric shockwave.It would fry all electronic circuits in a target zone.This would be expanded with if a detonation happened at higher altitude.
It would lead the US to be plunged into darkness, hospitals would shut, the stock exchange would collapse, and phones become useless.
A journalist reporting for Al Jazeera said: “Most of the trappings of the 21st century would simply stop working.
“No car or plane would move, no police officer or fireman could be called, no supermarket restocked.Modern life as we know it would simply cease to exist.”
Almost all of the US would be affected by the blast
He added: “Very little blast damage would be felt at first but more than 320 million Americans would find themselves without light and without power.
“They would be left fighting for survival and running out of food.Up to 90% of Americans would die, and it would take months, if not years, to fully recover.”
This isn’t the first time this figure has come up.
Nuclear strategist Peter Vincent – who used to work at the CIA – told a Homeland Security subcommittee that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack threatens to wipe out all but 10% of the US population.
He said: “The US can sustain a population of 320 million people only because of modern technology.
“An EMP that blacks-out the electric grid for a year would (decimate) the critical infrastructure necessary to support such a large population.”
With millions of lives hanging in the balance, the last thing we need is to have politicians and pundits predicting odds on the probability of war. It’s neither an accurate nor a helpful way to treat a complex international challenge.
Donald Trump is thought to be considering military action against the hermit kingdom over its missiles programme.
Yesterday, the UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products alongside crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad.
The UN resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.
It also demands the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months.
And the US-drafted resolution caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Council to further reductions if it were to conduct another nuclear test or launch a missile.
North Korea on November 29 said it successfully tested a new ballistic missile that put the US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.