Decapitation Unit established to scare North Korean leaders

BY JILL CUENI-COHEN / SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 /

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As North Korea terrorizes neighboring countries and the United States with its dictator’s defiant resolve to develop a nuclear warhead, world leaders are mulling over a solution. One remedy, obviously, would be to take the “Dear Leader” out.

The last time South Korea plotted to assassinate the North Korean leader was in the late 1960s. North Korean commandos had attempted to ransack the presidential palace in Seoul, so South Korea secretly trained misfits taken out of prison or off the streets to sneak into North Korea and slit the throat of its leader, Kim Il-sung.

However, the mission was aborted, and the men mutinied. They killed their trainers and fought their way into Seoul before blowing themselves up.

Today, in light of Kim Jong-un’s (grandson of Kim Il-sung) relentless acceleration of his nuclear missile program, South Korea is again considering an attack on the North Korean leader. A day after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this month, the South Korean defense minister, Song Young-moo, told lawmakers in Seoul that a special forces “decapitation unit” would be established by the end of the year, according to a report in The New York Times

Unlike previous attempts, the brigade-size “decapitation unit” would operate officially. To that end, the military has been retooling helicopters and transport planes to penetrate North Korea at night so that the forces, known as the Spartan 3000, can carry out raids.

Governments don’t typically announce their strategy to assassinate a head of state, but in doing so, South Korea wants the North to worry about the consequences of further developing its nuclear arsenal. South Korea’s increasingly aggressive posturing is also a way for it to push North Korea into accepting President Moon Jae-in’s offer of talks.

It’s well-known that Moon would prefer a diplomatic solution to the North Korean problem, but a country without nuclear weapons is at a supreme disadvantage when faced with a dictator who openly flaunts his arsenal and continues to test its capabilities on the world stage.

“The best deterrence we can have, next to having our own nukes, is to make Kim Jong-un fear for his life,” pointed out Shin Won-sik, a three-star general who was the South Korean military’s top operational strategist before he retired in 2015.

When asked about the sanity of North Korea’s leader, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Kim is not insane. He also said that the United States is not looking to remove Kim from power even though tensions are extremely high. But the South Koreans say their new military tactics are meant to offset the North Korean threat, and the capabilities they are building could be used pre-emptively.

The tactics led to a breakthrough last week when President Trump agreed to lift payload limits under a decades-old treaty, allowing South Korea to build more powerful ballistic missiles. The United States helped South Korea build its first ballistic missiles in the 1970s, but then imposed restrictions in an effort to try to prevent a regional arms race.