South Korea develops non-lethal weapon to use against North Korea

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"You [the U.S. Army] have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can employ, if needed", U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said during a lecture in Washington on that day.

South Korean news agency Yonhap has reported "blackout bombs" have been created to paralyse the North's power grid by spreading chemically treated carbon graphite filaments.

South Korea's Yonhap News reports that the Trump administration sent an advance team around the country in September to scout possible locations for Trump's visit.

South Korea claims it has secured the technology it needs to build a non-lethal bomb that can paralyse North Korea's power systems.

The Kill Chain program is created to detect, identify and intercept incoming missiles in the shortest possible time and operates in conjunction with the Korea Air and Missile Defense system for lower-tier defense against inbound missiles.

North Korea's nuclear weapons are a "powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia, ' Kim said, referring to the 'protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists".

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While there was no hints of a major political development, there was no hint of any public discord either. Katz, a Russia-Middle East relations analyst at George Mason University.

Trump's visit to South Korea is part of his tour of Asia, during which he is also scheduled to visit Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, starting from November 2. Trump has rejected the possibility of talks and stressed the need for increased pressure and perhaps the application of military force.

"The South Korean news outlet cited a "defense source" who described the sites United States officials have been evaluating ahead of the president's trip".

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama visited OP Ouellette, a hilltop border post, and looked through binoculars towards the North.

"But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", he said.

He added that the mission demonstrated the US resolve, and a message from President Donald Trump that the United States "has many military options to defeat any threat".