(National Sentinel)Â National 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 byÂ BreitbartÂ News, Bolton said of a potential EMP attack,Â â€œIt 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.â€
â€œItâ€™s one of the things people have said, â€˜Well, North Korea doesnâ€™t have the range in its missiles, it doesnâ€™t have the thermonuclear capacity, it doesnâ€™t have the reentry vehicle, and it doesnâ€™t have the guidance systems. EMP, you donâ€™t need really precise guidance systems. If you just detonate something, letâ€™s say, over the West Coast of the United States, the EMP effects could be significant,â€ 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.
â€œItâ€™s why I wrote about Franklin Rooseveltâ€™s famous statement made in a fireside chat on September the 11th, 1941 â€“ 60 years to the day before our 9/11 â€“ when he said, â€˜When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until it has struck before you crush it,â€™â€ Bolton recalled.
â€œPeople say, â€˜But my goodness, if you use a military option, terrible things will happen on the Korean Peninsula,â€™â€ he continued. â€œAnd 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, â€˜Well, of course, if North Korea attacked the United States, then we should respond with devastating force,â€™ which would likely have the same consequences in South Korea.â€
â€œSo if youâ€™re with me this far, what is the difference between their position and mine? Itâ€™s their insistence that before we strike, there have to be dead Americans. I reject that,â€ he said, asÂ Breitbart News reported.
â€œWhile I think the leadership might be willing to â€˜eat grassâ€™ before giving up their way of life, if anybody bothered to ask the people, I think youâ€™d get a very different answer,â€ he said, a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putinâ€™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.
â€œAlthough the dictatorship in North Korea looks very strong, like many authoritarian governments, itâ€™s really kind of like a rotten door frame. If you kick it hard enough, it would come down,â€ he said.
â€œI donâ€™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 donâ€™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,â€ 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.
â€œI think weâ€™ve got to go to China,â€ he advised. â€œI 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.â€
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