South Korea plans to assassinated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the event of an imminent attack, a defense official has admitted.
Defense Minister Han Min-koo made the remarks on Wednesday during a parliamentary meeting.
“If it becomes clear the enemy is moving to attack the South with nuclear missiles, in order to suppress its aims, the concept is to destroy key figures and areas that include the North Korean leadership,” Han said.
He warned that Seoul is “considering launching a Special Forces unit to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.”
“If it becomes clear the enemy is moving to attack the South with nuclear missile, in order to suppress its aims, the concept [of the special forces] is to destroy key figures and areas [that] include the North Korean leadership,” Han said, per Korea Times.
CNN reports this special forces unit is already assembled, but other reports suggest it’s still a concept.
UPI reports Han also said the country needs half-a-million active-duty soldiers in order to fend off a hypothetical attack from the North, which has 1.2 million.
In an appearance before the UN General Assembly on Thursday, South Korea’s foreign minister questioned North Korea’s fitness to be a “peace-loving UN member.”
This is notable, reports the Korea Times, in that the South has not officially spoken out against the North’s membership in the 15 years the North has had it.
The country “is totally ridiculing the authority of the General Assembly and the Security Council,” Yun Byung-se said.