Conspiracy theorists have gone into overdrive after a source claimed that North Korean soldiers are being armed with ‘nuke backpacks’.
Yes, you read that correctly, there are now fears that North Korea’s supreme leader and portly dictator Kim Jong-un is equipping his soldiers with rucksacks packed with nuclear explosives, as he prepares for the often discussed and widely feared World War Three.
The nuke packs in question apparently carry a chilling black and yellow radioactive symbol and have been spotted in public at a parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Workers’ Party in October, as well as back in 2013, but both the Independent and the Daily Star report that a specialist unit of elite soldiers has now been tasked with working exclusively with the weapons of mass destruction.
According to reports, Kim’s specialist ‘backpack units’ were created in March and soldiers have even supposedly taken part in practice runs and training sessions with dummy bombs.
An insider claims that, if detonated, the weapons could spray radioactive material – including deadly uranium – on an enemy.
An anonymous source from North Hamgyong province told Radio Free Asia:
Outstanding soldiers were selected from each reconnaissance platoon and light infantry brigade to form the nuclear backpack unit the size of a battalion.
Radio Free Asia is a website funded by the U.S. government, by the way, which sort of brings into question the validity of this whole story.
To be fair, the whole thing sounds pretty mental, but there have been previous reports that the U.S also tested out similar nuke backpacks during the Cold War.
The idea behind the weapon being that a portable nuke could be transported behind enemy lines by a single soldier, something which would change the nature of nuclear warfare forever.
Even so, we know Kim Jong-un is pretty bonkers by all accounts but would he actually go this far? Let’s hope not, I suppose…