Iranian plan for EMP attack on the US

Iranian plan for EMP attack on the US

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800px-Northeast_blackout_2003According to WND news site a “secret” Iranian military handbook confirms that Iran is including among its arsenal of plans, to launch a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the US. An EMP attack is an attack brought about by a high altitude nuclear explosion that has a devastating effect on the electrical grid and other life supporting infrastructures on the ground. It could, potentially, black out a country for weeks and even months. Carrying out  such an attack would require Iran to have not only the missiles to launch such a device but the technology to produce a nuclear explosion.

The revelation comes as the United States, along with the countries comprising the United Nations Security Council, have finalized a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear development program. Concerns have been raised regarding Iran continuing with its plan to produce nuclear weapons and about the agreement just signed not doing enough to prevent this from taking place.

The WND has been reporting about this topic as far back as 2005, when intelligence sources were quoted as saying: “Iran is not only covertly developing nuclear weapons, it is already testing ballistic missiles specifically designed to destroy America’s technical infrastructure, effectively neutralizing” the US.

Dr. Vincent Pry, a US expert on Nuclear Strategy and the use of Electromagnetic pulse has written in a recent column in Israeli news site Aruz Sheva, that not only do “Iranian military documents describe such a scenario… a recently translated Iranian military textbook endorses nuclear EMP attacks against the United States.” An Iranian EMP attack, using only a small number of nuclear missiles or even one, can threaten the existence of modernity and be the death knell of Western principles of international law, humanism and freedom,” Pry wrote.

“They could put a weapon on a boat or freighter, and if Iran has ballistic missiles it could put it anywhere on the U.S. coast,” said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a senior fellow at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute.

According to sources, the Iranian military handbook refers to an EMP attack on some 20 locations in the United States.