Following North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, the United States, Japan and South Korea have all indicated that we are rapidly moving past dialogue and into the field of potential military action.
While President Donald Trump and his administration haven’t given any sign that concrete military action that will be taken, Zero Hedge reports that the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo newspaper has indicated that South Korea could be preparing for a “surgical strike.”
The paper reported, citing unnamed government sources, that the Republica of Korea Army was creating a special “ROKA Special Operations Unit,” which would be tasked with coming up with the ability to take out targets in North Korea.
We should stress that this report has not been confirmed by any government sources, and is unlikely to be. South Korea isn’t exactly going to go around proclaiming that it is targeting Kim Jong Un and his missile silos.
According to Zero Hedge, the Munhwa Ilbo article indicated that this special operations unit was conceived back in March 31, but we would imagine that North Korea’s latest ICBM launch has increased the urgency of coming up with a surgical strike scenario.
You can read a translation of the Munhwa Ilbo article here.
Meanwhile, The Washington Times reported that United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a blunt statement that said, among other thing, that “the time for talk is over,” which could mean the United States is considering military action.
Our full statement on the North Korean ICBM launch: pic.twitter.com/8tIaaTVkSF
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) July 30, 2017
Trump hasn’t really indicated what he plans to do about North Korea yet. The Hill reported that at a cabinet meeting on Monday, Trump simply stated that he would “handle” the North Korean situation, but did not elaborate further.
Things appear to once again be coming to a head with North Korea. The United States cannot allow North Korea to possess a nuclear-armed ICBM that can hit American cities, but North Korea clearly has no plans to stop on its own.
Unfortunately, the only way to stop them is by using military force. If South Korea has such a surgical strike force, and if the United States is willing to let them use it, then we could be looking at another Korean war.
But at least we’ll have an ally who is ready to hit where it hurts.
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