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Bolton: ‘Legit’ threat of EMP weapon from North Korea

‘When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until it has struck before you crush it’

(National SentinelNational Security: Former UN Ambassador John Bolton says North Korea’s latest nuclear tests prove it has a “legit” capability to build and deploy a weapon that can produce a grid-busting electromagnetic pulse (EMP) blast.

As reported by Breitbart News, Bolton said of a potential EMP attack, “It absolutely is a threat. A high-altitude nuclear detonation that could bring down a substantial part of the electrical grid of the United States, at least in particular geographic regions, would have a huge impact on us.”

“It’s one of the things people have said, ‘Well, North Korea doesn’t have the range in its missiles, it doesn’t have the thermonuclear capacity, it doesn’t have the reentry vehicle, and it doesn’t have the guidance systems. EMP, you don’t need really precise guidance systems. If you just detonate something, let’s say, over the West Coast of the United States, the EMP effects could be significant,” he added.

Bolton and host Alex Barlow then discussed other security-related aspects of North Korea, noting that the Trump administration may ultimately have no choice but to launch a preemptive strike against Pyongyang.

“It’s why I wrote about Franklin Roosevelt’s famous statement made in a fireside chat on September the 11th, 1941 – 60 years to the day before our 9/11 – when he said, ‘When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until it has struck before you crush it,’” Bolton recalled.

“People say, ‘But my goodness, if you use a military option, terrible things will happen on the Korean Peninsula,’” he continued. “And I agree that this is an enormous concern, and we would have to do everything possible to mitigate that. But these same people also say, ‘Well, of course, if North Korea attacked the United States, then we should respond with devastating force,’ which would likely have the same consequences in South Korea.”

“So if you’re with me this far, what is the difference between their position and mine? It’s their insistence that before we strike, there have to be dead Americans. I reject that,” he said, as Breitbart News reported.

“While I think the leadership might be willing to ‘eat grass’ before giving up their way of life, if anybody bothered to ask the people, I think you’d get a very different answer,” he said, a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comment that North Koreans would rather eat grass than give up their nuclear weapons.

Bolton went onto note that the Chinese government is particularly concerned about a regime collapse in North Korea, which is one major reason why Beijing won’t do more to reign in its erstwhile ally.

“Although the dictatorship in North Korea looks very strong, like many authoritarian governments, it’s really kind of like a rotten door frame. If you kick it hard enough, it would come down,” he said.

“I don’t want to see the United States have to use military force against the North Korean nuclear weapons program any more than anybody else, but I also don’t intend to allow America to be vulnerable to it as far as the eye can see, once they are able to hit any target in the continental United States,” Bolton added.

And despite China’s reluctance, the former UN ambassador in the Bush administration said Beijing is vital to solving issues with North Korea diplomatically.

“I think we’ve got to go to China,” he advised. “I think you can see, increasingly, the Chinese recognizing North Korea is an ugly piece of baggage. China has got to apply the pressure that they uniquely have.”

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