Just in case North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un had any inkling that U.S. special forces didn’t have any counter measures in mind should he decide to act out,the Army general who oversees all American special forces said U.S. commandos are ready to conduct operations against any nuclear sites in the North if the need presented itself.
Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, who heads US Special Operations Command, told lawmakers on Tuesday that the United States has special operations forces permanently stationed in the Korean peninsula, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Thomas said special operations preparation and training is a warfighting priority, and there were currently around 8,000 special operations troops deployed in more than 80 countries.
“We are actively pursuing a training path to ensure readiness for the entire range of contingency operations” where special operations forces could play a role, Thomas told the subcommittee, according to the Free Beacon.
And that includes weapons of mass destruction, he said.
Thomas added that his teams were looking at all aspects of our “force structure and capabilities” on the Korean Peninsula as well as across the region to maximize support for the U.S.
Thomas did not include details of any missions the commandos might carry out. However, the Free Beacon reported that special forces troops “would be responsible for locating and destroying North Korean nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems, such as mobile missiles,” adding that they also would work to eliminate any attempts to move weapons out of the country.
Special operations commandos could also take out Kim or other regime leaders, according to the Free Beacon.
A defense official said that in the past, commandos have trained for operations that involve nuclear facilities, reactors and research centers, with some practice operations being performed on scale models of North Korean facilities. Special operations forces last trained in the mountainous regions of South Korea, while other training operations took place at sea.
This is not good news for Kim, who should back down while he still can.