South Korea hatches plan to remove Kim from power in case of nuke threat
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published: September 23, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s military has a plan to assemble a special force that could remove North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from power in case of a nuclear threat, a top defense official says.
Fears of a possible attack from the North have grown as the communist country conducted two nuclear tests and several ballistic missile launches this year despite international condemnation and economic sanctions aimed at stopping its weapons programs.
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo confirmed reports that a special force could target North Korean leadership in the event of an emergency. The military is also preparing what it calls a massive punishment and retaliation project to target and destroy key sites in the North, Han said.
“If it becomes clear the enemy is going to use nuclear missiles, in order to suppress that aim, the idea is to retaliate against the enemy’s key areas, including its leadership,” he told lawmakers Wednesday at the National Assembly.