A MILITARY expert has warned the US could retaliate to an international threat by using a “breakthrough” US Air Force missile which is capable of “wiping out” North Korea’s military capabilities without causing any fatalities.
The weapons, dubbed the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), are attached to a cruise missile that is carried by B-52 bombers. The microwave weapons are said to have a range of 700 miles where they could fly into the rogue state, at a low altitude, and emit microwave energy that has the ability to disable electronics. Military expert and author Ronald Kessler told OANN: “It really is a breakthrough on a level of a nuclear weapon in terms of what it can do.
“North Korea could be totally wiped out in terms of its military without killing anybody.
“It will just neutralise nuclear test sites, command centres, planes, it will zap any radar system that might detect the missile.
“So the opposing side doesn’t even know that this missile is coming in and can’t take it out.”
CHAMP has the capability to permanently fry electronic equipment – using an electromagnetic pulse cannon to fire a beam of energy capable of causing voltage surges in electronic equipment.
Mr Kessler explained how the missiles were secretly built by Boeing’s Phantom Works for the US Air Force Research Laboratory.
He added: “For it to be used in this blanket way and to actually wipe out a whole military is totally unique. Of course, the other side would try to shield their equipment.
“They would try to have a control centre and command centre underground. But even then this missile can wipe out insulations underground.”
The comment comes just days after North Korea resumed its short-range missile tests. This month’s missile launch was the first since 2017 and the first since Trump began visiting North Korea to meet Kim Jong Un.
But US President Donald Trumpdownplayed the missile tests and tweeted: “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.”
However, his comment contradicted his national security adviser, John Bolton’s message to the media.
Mr Bolton said North Korea’s weapons tests this month “no doubt” violated the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
He said: “The UN Security Council resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles and there is no doubt that North Korea has violated the resolution.”
Yet, Trump said he has “confidence” in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who will allegedly “keep his promise to me”.
Mr Bolton urged Kim Jong Un to return to denuclearisation talks after saying, “Trump has held the door open for Kim, the next step is for Kim to walk through it”