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South Korean commandos will work with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden to create a special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war.
The announcement coincides with a decision by the US to waive restrictions on the size and range of South Korean ballistic missiles, allowing it to develop its own independent capacity to drop bunker-busting bombs on the underground headquarters of the North Korean leadership in Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Picture: AFP
The South Korean government was formerly committed to engagement and negotiation with Kim. Its decision to strengthen its military options testifies to the atmosphere of crisis on the peninsula after the North’s sixth, and biggest, nuclear test on Sunday in defiance of United Nations resolutions.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said that Kim was “begging for war” with his continued and accelerating testing of nuclear and ballistic missile technology.
A South Korean newspaper reported yesterday that North Korea was moving an intercontinental ballistic missile potentially capable of striking the US mainland towards its west coast under cover of night. Intelligence officials in Seoul said that the North appeared to be preparing for further missile launches, possibly as early as Saturday, the anniversary of the country’s founding.
A spokesman for President Moon said he had spoken to President Trump on Monday, telling him that “powerful and practical measures” were needed to contain the North.
The special brigade created by the South Korean defence ministry to neutralise “command and control” systems in the North will be launched in December.
It will work with Seal Team Six, the commando group sent into Pakistan in 2011 to kill Bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader. “We are in the process of conceptualising the plan,” Song Young-moo, the defence minister, told MPs. “I believe we can create the unit by December 1.”
It will form part of the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation programme, an operation intended to kill the leadership in Pyongyang in the event of an imminent nuclear attack.
This week South Korea tested missiles that could be used to attack the North’s nuclear sites or target the country’s leadership. The Hyunmoo-2 missile is believed to be powerful enough to penetrate Kim’s bunker.