On Wednesday, the South Korean parliament held a session where discussions about North Korea’s nuclear testing took place. South Korean defense minister Han Min-goo was asked if the South Korean government had a plan reserved to kill the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, in case it became necessary. The defense minister did not hesitate to answer the question honestly. He said, “Yes, we do have such a plan.”
North Korea has made threats for a while now to use nuclear missiles on South Korea and even the United States. The defense minister said if North Korea appears to be targeting South Korea with their nuclear weapons, then they have a special forces unit reserved which involves destroying the leadership of North Korea as well as all the key figures involved in the attack. However, some reports suggest South Korea doesn’t have a special forces unit like this.
In theory, South Korea would need at least 500,000 soldiers on active-duty to defend itself against an attack by North Korea, which is said to have as many as 1.2 million active-duty soldiers. But again, these are all hypothetical scenarios. Kim Jong Un has made numerous threats for years now against South Korea and its allies but they’ve never actually taken action. North Korea’s nuclear missile tests are the closest they’ve come to taking action. Many believe these tests are just an intimidation tactic and that they actually have no intentions of trying to start a war with another country.
At the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, the foreign minister of South Korea raised his doubts about North Korea ever becoming a peace-loving member of the United Nations. The North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho also spoke at the UN General Assembly and claimed they were going nuclear because the United States is constantly threatening them with nuclear warfare and they want to be able to defend themselves from an attack. The U.S. denies doing this but vows to fight for its allies in case North Korea attacks them.