North Korea threatens United States as SEAL Team 6 trains for Mission
North Korea continues to threaten the United States with missile launches and nuclear rhetoric as Navy SEAL Team 6 trains to remove Kim Jong Un from power, if required. The annual Foal Eagle military drills between the US and South Korea will include some heavy hitters this year, the Navy SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden, Army Special Forces and F-35 stealth fighters.
South Korean news outlets report that the SEALs, who will join the exercise for the first time, will simulate a “decapitation attack,” or a strike to remove North Korea’s leadership.
Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said the US military “does not train for decapitation missions” of any kind. Yet a decapitation force would fit with a March 1 Wall Street Journal report that the White House is considering military action against the Kim regime.
The Navy SEALs boarded the USS Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier, scheduled to arrive in South Korea.
South Korea has also made efforts toward a decapitation force, and international calls for action have increased in intensity after North Korea’s latest missile test, which simulated a saturation attack to defeat US and allied missile defenses.
“It will send a very strong message to North Korea, which is constantly carrying out military provocations,” a ministry official told reporters in South Korea. The Foal Eagle exercise includes 3,600 US troops, in addition to the 28,000 US troops permanently stationed in South Korea. The drills include air, land, and sea operations designed to prepare the joint forces in case of a conflict with North Korea.
This year’s exercise also integrates preparation for the deployment of US missile defenses to South Korea.