For months now, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been threatening war. Pyongyang’s latest provocation came in the form of missile launch over the northern end of Japan. In preparing for what now seems inevitable, South Korea is training special forces units to assassinate the unstable leader.
In the event that North Korea should start a conventional war with their neighbors to the South, the military is readying for a fight. Special forces units are currently being trained to deploy a hunt to kill Kim Jong-Un and his closest advisors. The plan is part of several strategies being developed by the South Korean government to eliminate ongoing threats.
South Korean President, Moon Jae-In, met with officials from the Defense Ministry on Monday to discuss military options. President Moon is directing the military to implement reforms that will effectively deal with ongoing provocations. Additionally, he is requesting military leaders to increase its ability carry out both land and sea missions.
The president added that the military should be ready to “quickly switch to an offensive posture. This is in case North Korea stages a provocation that crosses the line or attacks the capital region,” the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported. Should a regional conflict break out, North Korean artillery would likely take aim at the South’s defenses along the Demilitarized Zone.
On Wednesday, President Trump responded to Tuesday’s missile launch on Twitter:
The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017
While the president has not made his intentions clear, he has noted that “all options are on the table.” This would include military options. Secretaries Mattis and Tillerson have been strongly advocating for a diplomatic solution. However, diplomacy hasn’t been working. The U.N. Security Council recently imposed sweeping sanctions against North Korea. Nevertheless, Kim Jong-Un remains resolute.
In his latest remarks, the dictator taunts President Trump and warns the recent launch at Japan was “just a curtain-raiser.” The ruling party’s propaganda arm, Rodong Sinmun newspaper, carried the following statement along with more than twenty pictures from Tuesday’s launch:
“The current ballistic rocket launching drill, like a real war, is the first step of the military operation of the Korean People’s Army in the Pacific. And, a meaningful prelude to containing Guam.”