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North Korean EMP attack ‘unlikely’

20th September 2017 - 01:09 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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It has been the subject of speculation in novels, news stories and analysis papers for decades. An enemy state uses a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (NEMP) or high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device to knock out electronics in an enemy’s area of operations. 

A nuclear bomb could detonate either in space, destroying satellites, or high above a city or enemy force (such as an aircraft carrier group) and burn out electronic components, thus turning the clock back to the stone ages.

It might be a clever idea for a country that lives basically in the stone ages, such as North Korea, and

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Wendell Minnick

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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