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A new twist on the threat of a North Korea mis­sile strike on the United States was dis­closed Mon­day in Seoul. South Korea’s Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice re­vealed that Py­ongyang is de­vel­op­ing an elec­tro­mag­netic pulse (EMP) weapon.

The in­tel­li­gence ser­vice stated in a re­port to the South Korean leg­is­la­ture that North Korea has pur­chased Rus­sian-made EMP tech­nol­ogy for de­vel­op­ing its own pulse arms, Agence France-Presse re­ported.

EMP was first dis­cov­ered in the 1950s dur­ing nu­clear tests in the Pa­cific. Af­ter large nu­clear test blasts, all elec­tron­ics in ar­eas up to 1,000 miles from the point of det­o­na­tion were dis­rupted.

In re­cent years, EMP sim­u­la­tors have evolved from test equip­ment

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