N. Korean leader inspects special forces unit– KCNA

A+
A
A-

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un AP FILE PHOTO

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has inspected a feared special forces unit, ordering them to strike at “lightening speed” once war breaks out, state media reported Saturday.

The inspection comes at a time of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, with multiple threats from the North of an armed response to joint South Korea-US military drills and to UN sanctions imposed after its nuclear test last month.

Kim, who holds the rank of Marshal in the Korean People’s Army, told Unit 1973 during a tour Friday that their mission was to “conquer the strongholds of the enemy”, according Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

“He said once a war breaks out, the unit should storm the heart of the enemies in a flash to strike and destroy the targeted military installations and reactionary ruling institutions of the puppet regime at a lightning speed,” KCNA reported.

Kim emphasised the need to conduct training under simulated battle conditions so the unit would be able to operate in enemy-controlled areas, KCNA said.

The special forces unit is believed to be based in the southwestern province of South Pyongan.

South Korea and the United States launched an annual military drill this month, prompting Pyongyang to announce the scrapping of the 60-year-old Korean War armistice, along with non-aggression pacts signed with the South.

The North has also threatened nuclear strikes on the United States and South Korea as a reprisal for UN sanctions imposed over its third nuclear test.

And last week Kim issued a threat to “wipe out” a small frontline South Korean island.

While most statements have been dismissed as rhetorical bluster, the threat to Baengnyeong, which has 5,000 civilian residents as well military units, is highly credible and carries the weight of precedent.

In 2010, the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan was sunk in the area of Baengnyeong with the loss of 46 lives, and later the same year North Korea shelled the nearby island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • $18209031

    Dejavu 1950 when war broke out in Korea.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      no in 1950 no one was prepared for the sneak attack . now thousands of eyes are watching.

  • UrHONOR

    PAG nagkaroon ng matapang-tapang na NORKOR at nagkaroon ng revolution, unang tatawagan ng TNL na KJUn ay si RODMAN!

  • http://78angles.blogspot.com/ JahreDistrict78

    One false move , this kid will eat metal candy’s 0(‘-‘)0

    • $18209031

      Expect to see Seoul go out in flames. The NOrkor have 5000 artillery and rockets aimed at Seoul all hidden in underground bunkers. This is based on US intel since the 1990s. And Seoul is only a few miles from the DMZ.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        the north will never see it they will be gone. i think the south has more than rocks pointed back. and no one will ever touch the nuke subs sitting off shore

  • valsore

    Why is North Korea allowed to kill people without being prosecuted? Why is the rest of the world so beholden to the brinkmanship of this rouge state?

  • tarikan

    Kim, who holds the rank of Marshal in the Korean People’s Army, told Unit 1973 during a tour Friday that their mission was to “conquer the strongholds of the enemy”. The dear and fat leader is, I presume, the youngest Marshall thereabouts. Since meeting Rodman, he really turned belligerent. I don’t know what that weirdo (Rodman) told him. Probably “make some noise, the U.S. might give you a visa and be able to watch NBA games live”.

  • tarikan

    I remember there was a song composed by an American country singer during the eve of the first Gulf War. It was titled “Don’t give me a reason” and was directed at Saddam. I think it would be appropriate to revive it with minor changes in the lyrics to suit for the dear & fat leader. Btw, if his barber was in the Philippines, he could be in real trouble.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    stupid leader.very idiot,south korea always give a truckload of food to north korea,shame to this leader

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos