Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The 'Frankenmissile': How South Korea plans to destroy the North's underground military bases

Nicola Smith
6 September 2017 • 4:55am

South Korea has pledged to develop a powerful “Frankenmissile” capable of destroying North Korea’s underground military facilities and wartime commands as it beefs up its armoury to counter the growing threat from across the border.

According to the Korea Herald, military sources in Seoul revealed the plan the day after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed to scrap an imposed 500kg limit on the warheads fitting onto the South’s missiles.

Mr Moon had told the US president during a telephone call on Monday, after Pyongyang’s detonation of a hydrogen bomb test, that it was “crucial” to find “powerful and practical measures” to give North Korea a wake-up call about the consequences of its actions.
South Korea flexes its military muscle after Norths nuclear test

South Korea already has the capability of firing ballistic missiles with a range of up to 800km, allowing it to hit anywhere within the pariah regime to its north. But its deterrence capability has until now been curbed by a restrictions on the payload of its missiles.

Seoul’s new plans to develop new missiles capable of carrying 2 tonne bombs will allow it to attack North Korea’s extensive underground military facilities on its own, without depending on America’s Bunker Buster Bomb.

The so-called “Frankenmissile” is just one of several new tactics intended by the South to build up its military muscle as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un rapidly accelerates his missile and nuclear weapons programme.
Graphic: The military build-up

Seoul is also racing towards a December 1 deadline to set up an elite special brigade tasked with eliminating the North’s leadership, including Kim Jong-un, in the event of war.

The “decapitation strike” team is expected to train alongside members of America’s SEAL Team 6, who were responsible for the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

“We are in the process of conceptualising the plan,” Defence Minister Song Young-moo told the national parliament.

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