There’s a secret plot afoot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and his key officials if the dictator starts a war, it has emerged.
South Korean special forces have briefed president Moon Jae-in on the possibility of sending trained killers into North Korea to target the regime’s leadership.
It comes after Kim fired a test ballistic missile over Japan earlier this week, sparking outrage across the world.
Moon has reportedly told his military officials to be ready to ‘quickly switch to an offensive posture in case North Korea stages a provocation that crosses the line’.
This would mean the country would be ready to carry out air and sea landings in the event of a ‘conventional’ attack from the north.
According to reports, Taurus cruise missiles fired from F-15 fighters would be used if President Moon Jae-in gives the go ahead if a war is started. And the measure would be initiated by the President’s Special Forces, Seoul newspaper Munwha IIbo reported.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump renewed his warnings to North Korea on Twitter, writing: ‘The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!’
Since then, the US has flown supersonic bombers and fighter jets over South Korea in a show of force following North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch, according to the military in Seoul.
An official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry said two B-1B bombers and two F-35 fighters participated in training with South Korean F-15 fighter jets.
Such flyovers are common when animosity rises on the Korean peninsula, which is technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
The B-1Bs were flown in from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam while the F-35s came from a US base in Iwakuni, Japan, the official said.
Pyongyang had earlier threatened to fire a salvo of Hwasong-12s toward Guam, which is home to key US military bases and strategic long-range bombers the North finds threatening.
The UN has since condemned the North for its actions, and have urged it to halt its weapons program immediately.
The country has previously gone against UN sanctions and conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests under Kim but this is one of the first time a projectile has been flown over mainland Japan.
Time for the rest of the world to pull together and come up with a final solution to the North Korean threat to world peace.In the past, the North's leaders have taken seriously the risk of being targeted.
In March 1993, for example, at a time of heightened US-North Korea tensions, Kim Jong-il, the then leader of the country and the father of Kim Jong-un, spent most of the month in a secure bunker, committed to a "semi-war" status while announcing the country's withdrawal from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).
Fear of US escalation pushed Mr Kim into hiding but did not prevent the North from continuing to respond belligerently by violating international norms and abrogating past agreements.
Given the fears and precautions of the North's leaders, a South Korean directed "hit" on Mr Kim would be highly risky. A botched assassination attempt could easily provoke retaliation from the North in the form of limited military action that might in turn rapidly escalate unintentionally to a full-blown nuclear exchange.
But in an environment where there remain no good policy choices for dealing with the North Korean challenge, assassination may be the only remaining option.