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article imageSouth Korea may target North's leadership in the event of war

By Paul Iddon     Mar 6, 2013 in Politics
The South Korean military has stated that if it is provoked or attacked by its northern neighbor it would strike militarily the "command leadership" in Pyongyang implying that it would take out Kim Jong-un himself.
This warming came not long after the North Korean People's Army made more bellicose statements in which they said they would attack the U.S and South Korea with "lighter and smaller nukes" in order to curtail what it sees as aggressive measures being leveled against it by those two country's. (Yonhap News, March 6 2013)
North Korea has tested a new long-range missile and detonated a nuclear bomb in recent weeks and has upped the ante when it comes to its threatening rhetoric. These statements also come as South Korea and the United States are holding joint annual military exercises in the region, where their respective forces train and prepare for the prospect of war with the North Korean state.
Major General Kim Yong-hyun the chief operations office of the South Korean military's Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff has made clear his country's position when he said that, "If North Korea attempts a provocation that threatens the lives and security of our people, our military will forcefully and decisively strike not only the origin of provocation and its supporting forces but also its command leadership. We make it clear that we are all prepared." (New York Times, March 6 2013)
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