WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- South Korea is all set to use “blackout bombs” to short-circuit North Korea’s electrical grid in the event of a nuclear war.
- South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development (ADD) developed the high-tech bombs as an element of the “Kill Chain” preemptive attack program.
- The country is attempting to increase its defense against the North by developing graphite bombs which are not lethal to civilians.
South Korea is prepared to launch “blackout bombs” anytime. These bombs are non-lethal graphite bombs that work by dispersing chemically treated carbon filaments over electric facilities to paralyze the grid.
A blackout bomb is also labeled as a “soft bomb” because it only affects targeted electrical power systems and is not deadly to humans.
“All technologies for the development of a graphite bomb led by the ADD have been secured. It is in the stage where we can build the bombs anytime,” a military official told Yonhap news agency.
The Defense Ministry requested about $436,000 for the “blackout bomb“ project for the next year’s budget but it was disapproved by the Finance Ministry.
A blackout bomb was first used by the US against Iraq during the 1990 Gulf War. Nearly 85 percent of the electrical supply across the country was compromised. NATO also used blackout bombs against Serbia in 1999, that weakened around 70 percent of its power supply.
Experts agree that the bombs would work well in North Korea, UK’s Telegraph reported. The targets are likely to be obsolete and not insulated.
South Korea fast-tracked its “three pillars” of defense by as much as three years. This is a result of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s series of nuclear tests and missile launches. The three-pillar strategy was initially scheduled to be in place in 2020.
The first of the ‘three pillars’ is the Kill Chain program designed to detect, identify and intercept incoming missiles in the quickest possible time. The second one is the Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system for lower-tier defense against inbound missiles.
The Korea Massive Punishment & Retaliation (KMPR) plan is the strategy’s third and final component. The plan is for Seoul to attack North Korea’s leaders if it detects signs that the rogue nation is planning to use nukes.
Tensions have never abated as Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump continue their “word war”. On Oct. 7, Trump tweeted that “only one thing will work” to tame Pyongyang.