North Korean ICBM

Topics: Nuclear weapon, World War II, Intercontinental ballistic missile Pages: 3 (801 words) Published: September 26, 2013
Sean Schuhmann3-21-13
Mrs. Guadagnino English

North Korea's ICBM

North Korea has spent many years working on an ICBM (InterContinental Ballistic Missile) and has proven with multiple test, successful in launching a satalite into orbit (BBC News; North Korea's missile ambitions). With the succes of this, North Korea has started the nuclear arms program in which the construction of nuclear warheads is imenent. with the tests conducted about a month ago, they have been able to shrink the size of a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on the tip of a missile, or ICBM. the missile tests however, are proving to be quite dngerous to the United States. The missile itself does not appear to be strictly firepower but what could be a Super EMP warhead (Washington Times; North Korea EMP attack). Something must be done.

The Super EMP warhead is extremely damaging, even more so than the average nuclear missile. In the anatomy of the EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) the missile will detonate quite far above the surface of the Earth, when the gamma rays are released by the explosion they interact with the Earths magnetic field. what this does is it disrupts the normal flow of energy and creates a wave strong enough to disable almost everything electronic. like the Starfish Prime test conducted by the United States, the missile was detonated 250 miles above the pacific ocean, the EMP wave that was sent damaged electrical units and appliences in Hawaii (Wikipedia; Starfish Prime). Now, just imagine if North Korea were to have this tecnology? the downfall of the United States of America would be imenent. if the warhead detonated above the United States, almost, if not more than half of the coutry would be out of power. thousands would starve, crime rates would sky rocket and going to war with another country. The country would be in disaster. The United States would collapse (Washington Times; North Korea EMP attack).

However, should we act? or...
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