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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 12:41 IST

Is South Korea PLANNING to assassinate Kim Jong Un? Startling claims inside

South Korean Defence Minister admitted that the country's military is “actively” conducting drills for the possible assassination of North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol | Image:AP
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Seoul: As the tensions in the Korean Peninsula continue to escalate, South Korean Defence Minister Shin Won-sik admitted that the country's military is “actively” conducting “decapitation drills” for the possible assassination of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. The proclamation from the South Korean defence minister came a day after the North Korean supreme leader vowed to boost the country's ‘nuclear arsenal' to build military drones and launch new spy satellites in 2024. The growing animosities between the two Koreas also led the North Korean Supreme Leader to insist that Pyongyang is no longer looking for a ”reunification". 

"Taking out the Hermit Kingdom’s supreme leader is an option,” South Korean (ROK) defence minister Shin Won-sik told reporters during an interview on MBN television. This has become a rare admission from Seoul about an operation which has been kept a secret for a very long time. When further pressed on his assertion, the South Korean defence minister also noted that the forces of the United States have also taken part in the assassination drills. “While it is difficult to openly discuss decapitation, the ROK-US special operation forces are… conducting training,” Won-sik averred. “This training is for aerial manoeuvres, raids on key facilities and indoor mop-up,” he added.

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The growing tension in the Korean peninsula 

The proclamation from the South Korean defence minister came a day after the North Korean Supreme Leader cautioned that the US and South Korean policies were making war on the peninsula a “realistic reality". “Because of reckless moves by the enemies to invade us, it is a fait accompli that a war can break out at any time on the Korean peninsula,” Kim said at a year-end address, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported. Kim also called South Korea “a hemiplegic malformation and colonial subordinate state," ABC News reported. He mentioned that South Korean society is “tainted by Yankee culture" and insisted that the country's military must use all means available to “suppress the whole territory of South Korea” in the event of a conflict. Meanwhile, in the New Year address on Monday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol pledged to strengthen military capabilities and prepare for any sort of “preemptive attacks”.

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“The Republic of Korea is building genuine, lasting peace through strength, not a submissive peace that is dependent on the goodwill of the adversary,” the South Korean President averred. Not only this, the South Korean Defence Ministry also warned that if North Korea attempts to use nuclear weapons, South Korea and the US will join hands and “punish the country overwhelmingly," ABC News reported.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 12:41 IST

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