American military practises killing N. Korean leader
SEOUL: US military forces have reportedly taken part in a series of drills to practise taking out North Korean leader Kim JongUn in the event of an attack on the South by Pyongyang.
A defence ministry official confirmed one section of the drills – named “Invincible Spirit” – involved plans to remove the North Korean leadership in case aggression between the two countries escalates.
“The Invincible Spirit exercise is aimed at showing the allied forces’ strong commitment to counter relentless provocations by the North,” the South Korean navy said in a statement. South Korea meanwhile mobilised 40 missile warships with special forces to practice intercepting North Korean attacks and target nuclear weapons sites.
The two countries last conducted joint naval drills in July 2010, after 46 sailors died in the sinking of a South Korean ship by the North.
Last month, South Korea’s defence minister Han Min-Koo announced the country was assembling a military plan labelled “Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation” (KMPR) to take out Kim if a nuclear strike was imminent.
“If it becomes clear the enemy intends to use nuclear-tipped missiles, in order to suppress its aims, the concept of the KMPR squad is to retaliate against key areas that include the North Korean leadership,” Han told the National Assembly in Seoul.
North Korea’s ability to use nuclear weapons is increasing “with each passing month”, former US State Department negotiator Robert Gallucci recently said.
In September, Pyongyang claimed it had advanced its ability to make a nuclear weapon by miniaturising and mounting a warhead on a missile, in the wake of a powerful nuclear test which was criticised by leaders around the world. – The Independent