Could North-Korea’s Bomb Be A Super-EMP Weapon?

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 06: South Korean watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb Test at the Seoul Railway Station on January 6, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea confirmed it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test after South Korea's Metrological Administration detected an 'artificial earthquake' near Punggye-ri, North Korea's main nuclear testing site on January 6, 2015. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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Although North Korea was rather braggingly telling the world that it had managed to explode a test hydrogen bomb, several nuclear exprts remain sceptic.

The White House itself said that results from the explosion weren’t consistent with a hydrogen bomb which has the potential to be even more powerful than an atomic bomb.

Among the experts downlplaying North Korea’s boastful achievement, one specialist claims that results actually indicate that this explosions was “another kind of H-Bomb” and is in fact a neutron bomb or an enhanced radiation weapon such as a super-EMP (electromagnetic pulse) weapon.

Peter Pry, an expert on EMP weapons, says that North Korea’s claims align with the scenario of a device which produces enhanced amount of devastating gamma rays despite its low yield.

Pry said the latest North Korean weapons test followed three others each in the range of 10 kilotons or less, adding that Pyongyang has been conducting underground nuclear tests since February 2013, all of which have been of low-kiloton yield.

Pry – who is the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, and served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA – as well as other EMP experts said North Korea has the capability to launch a satellite carrying a super-EMP weapon into space that could be triggered to explode on command at a high altitude over a highly populated area in the United States.

The neutron bomb is designed to generate enhanced gamma rays which in turn cause the super-EMP effect.

An H-bomb of identical explosive yield of a fission, or atomic, bomb is a neutron bomb that will emit some 10 times the amount of neutron radiation. In an atomic device, the total radiation pulse energy composed of gamma rays and neutrons is only 5 percent of the entire energy released.

In a neutron bomb, it is closer to 40 percent. In addition, the neutrons emitted by a neutron bomb have a much higher average energy level than those released during a fission reaction.

Pry had told WND that North Korea was working on such a device as early as last year. The US government, however, denied it had developed miniaturized nuclear warheads and missiles to deliver them. This denial, Pry said, came despite an assessment by both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency that such do indeed exist.