South Korea is creating an ‘assassination unit’ as part of its military’s special forces, specifically trained to neutralise North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
The ‘decapitation unit’ will be established by the end of the year, South Korea’s Defence Ministry announced this week.
Its role would be to ‘make Kim Jong-un fear for his life’, and deter him from deploying nuclear weapons.
Killer aim: The new ‘decapitation unit’ of some 1,500 to 3,000 soldiers, will be trained to assassinate North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, South Korea’s Defence Ministry announced this week
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The unit is reportedly set to be the size of a brigade – between 1,500 to 3,000 soldiers – and will be ready for deployment at the end of 2017, defense minister Song Young-moo told South Korean MPs this week.
The North regularly threatens to destroy the South and its main ally, the United States, which it accuses of continual preparation for invasion.
The move to create the special forces unit followed North Korea’s most recent nuclear missiles test – its sixth and largest so far – and has been welcomed by senior military strategists.
‘The best deterrence we can have, next to having our own nukes, is to make Kim Jong-un fear for his life,’ Shin Won-sik, a South Korean retired three-star general and top operational strategist, told the New York Times.
The news of the came as the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies capped.