Seoul’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has acquired the technology to build graphite bombs, non-lethal weapons that can take down North Korea’s power system in case of a war, according to military sources who spoke to South Korea’s news agency Yonhap on Sunday.
The “blackout bomb” would explode in the air and disperse chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electrical facilities, resulting in short-circuits that disrupt the power grid.
Blackout bombs were first used by the United States in the 1990 Gulf War and proved effective, knocking out about 85 percent of the electrical supply across Iraq.
“All technologies for the development of a graphite bomb led by the [South Korean defense agency] have been secured. It is in the stage where we can build the bombs anytime”, a military official told Yonhap.
In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, and may be fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.
At the same time Seoul approved the deployment of a USA anti-missile system.
“Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing”.
“I told my own staff October 10 is the Korean Workers Party founding day, that’s Tuesday in North Korea, but that’s Monday, Columbus Day holiday in the USA, so stand by your phones”, Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, told students and reporters at George Washington University. “Sorry, but only one thing will work!“.
South Korean and US military officials have been closely monitoring North Korea following a threat by the regime to conduct a new ballistic missile test.
The comments come just days after the US President told reporters and top military aides that they were in “the calm before the storm”. North Korea also tested a hydrogen bomb in its sixth-and most powerful-nuclear test to date.
Kim Jong-un may see his entire kingdom plunged into darkness on the dawn of war by South Korea.
In September, North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date, with a 6.3-magnitude natural disaster registered at its Punggye-ri testing site.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recently found himself butting heads with his president over North Korea.