North Korea has satellites perfectly positioned above the US that could be used to launch an unprecedented attack on the country.
Kim Jong-Un's recent belligerence escalated in the past week after he tested the country's first solid-fuel missile – which would be launched with little warning.
The communist dictatorship also has two satellites positioned in an "ideal altitude" above the US to cause irreparable damage to the country's financial system.
According to a Fox News report, politicians in the US are alarmed by the growing threat of a high-altitude nuclear blast and its resultant electromagnetic pulse.
Politicians in the US are alarmed by the growing threat of a high-altitude nuclear blast
Vincent Pry, who leads the Congressional EMP Commission, said the West is naive about the EMP threat
An EMP attack would fry the circuitry of mobile phones and wipe out online banking, food resources and global financial systems.
The short burst of electromagnetic energy would also potentially take down aeroplanes in flight and cause trains to stop in their tracks.
Politicians are wary that North Korea's missile programme could encourage them to detonate a nuclear bomb in orbit over the US.
This comes after North Korea recently tested a solid fuel missile last Sunday that would be harder for outsiders to detect before launch.
The test, which Kim Jong-Un hailed as a success, has put the US on alert.
The Pentagon are planning to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week, to closely simulate the possibility of a North Korean attack.
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Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said this week that "left unchecked," Kim will eventually succeed in hitting the US mainland.
The communist dictatorship also has two satellites positioned in an "ideal altitude"
An EMP attack would fry the circuitry of cell phones
High altitude nuclear detonations during the Cold War knocked the lights out in Hawaii
John Tierney, a member of the Centre for Arms Control in the US dismissed fears about the potential blast.
He told Fox News: "It is not real, it is something out of the James Bond movie."
However, Vincent Pry, who leads the Congressional EMP Commission, said the West is naive about the EMP threat.
He said: "We have information that high altitude nuclear detonations during the Cold War knocked the lights out in Hawaii and took out electrical grids."