South Korean military launches special unit to 'decapitate' Kim Jong

by Abel Hampton December 4, 2017, 0:35
South Korean military launches special unit to 'decapitate' Kim Jong

"I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem", McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California when asked if North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.

His comments came three days after North Korea carried out its first ballistic missile test in two months, in defiance of United Nations resolutions.

North Korea has boasted - and Western experts agree - that the Hwasong-15 missile tested on Wednesday is capable of reaching the United States, raising the prospect of a direct nuclear threat to Washington. With every missile launch or nuclear test, Kim has improved his country's capabilities, McMaster said.

North Korea has warned that a "reckless" joint military drill by the US and South Korea could spark a nuclear war.

North Korea on Tuesday broke a two-month lull in weapons testing.

Seoul's Korean Times quoted a defence source, who is aware of the latest development, as saying that the brigade's mission will be to eliminate key North Korean authorities if there is a full-fledged conflict in the region.

"We heartily celebrate the successful test launch of the Hwasong-15 which showed Chosun (North Korea)'s power and greatness to the whole world", read one banner held up by the crowd, referring to the missile.

However, he added: "It is impossible for us not to condemn the provocations by our American colleagues". It has been set up under the South Korean army's Special Warfare Command.

The fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft will take part in the "Vigilant ace" exercise with the South Korean air force from December 4 to 8.

"We're asking China not to do us or anybody else a favor", he said.

"Certainly, this new missile launch is a provocative act, which provokes further growth in tension and which moves us further away from the point where a settlement of the crisis can begin", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call with reporters. The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

But analysts remain unconvinced that the North has mastered the technology required to launch and direct a missile, and ensure it survives the hard re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

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