Seoul: Amid Kim’s threat, South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs that can paralyse North Korea’s power grid in the event of a nuclear war.
A graphite bomb (also known as the “Blackout Bomb” or the “Soft Bomb”) is a non-lethal weapon used to disable electrical power systems. Graphite bombs work by spreading a cloud of extremely fine, chemically treated carbon filaments over electrical components, causing a short-circuit and a disruption of the electrical supply. South Korea has developed technology to create a so-called blackout bomb that could paralyze power systems in North Korea, local media reported Sunday.
According to the Yonhap news agency, the technology has been developed by the Agency for Defense Development within the framework of the country’s Kill Chain preemptive strike system. The technology focused on targeting only electric power systems by spreading carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities that disrupt activities of the electric power system. The graphite bomb was first used against Iraq in the Gulf War (1990–1991), knocking out 85% of the electrical supply.
Recently, the South Korean government announced that it “is closely monitoring the situation, given the possibility of North Korea’s provocations around the party anniversary in the North,” after reports that North Korea was preparing to launch another ballistic missile. Pyongyang often schedules such tests around important anniversaries. This Sunday marks Kim Jong-il’s ascent to general secretary and its ruling party’s founding falls on Tuesday, Yonhap said earlier.