South Korea says it has developed a “graphite bomb” to paralyze North Korea’s electrical power grid in case of a war.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Sunday cited a military source as saying that technologies had been secured for the weapon — also called a “blackout bomb” — and that Seoul could make it “anytime.”
“All technologies for the development of a graphite bomb led by the ADD (Agency for Defense Development) have been secured. It is in the stage where we can build the bombs anytime,” said the military official, whose name was not mentioned in the report.
Yonhap said the bomb “works by spreading chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities to short-circuit and disrupt the power grid.” It is non-lethal and has previously been used by the United States in Iraq and by NATO in Serbia.
The bomb has been developed as part of what the news agency called “South Korea’s preemptive strike program called Kill Chain.”—Agencies