In the event of a nuclear attack, South Korea’s defense minister said his nation has "a plan" to eliminate North Korea’s top leaders, including authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un.
Defense Minister Han Min-loo told his country’s National Assembly Wednesday a plan exists that would assemble and send a special-forces team to North Korea if a nuclear attack appears imminent, according to UPI. Han al said South Korea needed to maintain a minimum of 500,000 active duty troops in order to thwart a potential attack at a moment’s notice.
"If it becomes clear the enemy intends to use nuclear-tipped missiles, in order to suppress its aims, the concept [of the special forces] is to retaliate against key areas that include the North Korean leadership," Han told lawmakers Wednesday.
The plan is called Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation, or KMPR. It's a three-part system that also includes anti-missile and “pre-emptive strike” systems.
South Korea, in tandem with the United States, has made both public statements and conducted exercises to flex its military might in the last week following North Korea’s most recent nuclear warhead and long-range missile testing. The U.S. flew two B-1 bombers over the peninsula with South Korean fighter jets by its side Wednesday, while the South Korean Department of Defense announced plans to conduct a mock attack on a nuclear facility with the U.S. in Alaska next month. Members from the ruling and opposition parties of South Korea’s parliament also reportedly want to bring back tactical nuclear weapons.
North Korea has been led by Kim since roughly 2011 following the death of his father Kim Jong Il. North Korea has conducted at least five nuclear tests, two of which have taken place this year. Its military also performed a long-range missile test earlier this week and claimed its purpose was to launch a satellite, not nuclear weapons proliferation.