According to South Korean intelligence, the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is reportedly paranoid of assassination – so much so that he now travels incognito, primarily at dawn, and in the cars of his henchmen.
Fox News discovered the information after Representative Lee Cheol-woo, a key South Korean lawmaker, spoke to The Korea Herald, basing his claim on his nation’s intelligence. In the report, it states that Un is “extremely nervous” about a secretive plot to take him out.
“Kim is engrossed with collecting information about the ‘decapitation operation’ through his intelligence agencies,” said Lee following a briefing last week.
The “decapitation operation” spoken of stems from a joint plan made between the United States and South Korea in late 2015, called “Operation Plan 5015,” which imagined various war scenarios with North Korea. The plan focused on preemptive strikes on strategic targets in North Korea, and included “decapitation raids” to purposefully exterminate North Korean Leaders.
Apparently the information within the plan got to Kim; in addition to his preventative, secretive measures, he also refuses to travel in his prized Mercedes Benz 600.
North Korea’s representative spoke at the United Nations in 2016, arguing vehemently that the joint measures between South Korea and the United States “constitute a grave threat to [North Korea] as well as international peace and security,” according to Fox News.
As early as January 2017 reports surfaced of South Korea’s expedition of its plan, slated to be operational by 2019. Also in 2017, during exercises with South Korea, the United States reportedly practiced decapitation drills with South Koreans. Rumors surfaced that Seal Team 6, which shouldered the bin Laden raid, was present in those exercises.
American officials, however, are leery of a preemptive infiltration of Pyongyang, noting that compared to Seal Team 6’s operation to take out Usama bin Laden, a mission into the heart of North Korea would be much more difficult.
“A U.S. special operations trike against Kim Jong Un in today’s conditions would make the bin Laden raid look easy,” said Mark Sauter, a former U.S. Army and special forces officer.
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