The U.S. Navy will simulate strike on North Korea, its leadership, and leader Kim Jong Un in joint military drills with South Korea, a military official told the Yonhap News Agency on Monday.
The drills will take place during the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises, the official said, adding that the team that killed Osama Bin Laden, Navy SEAL Team Six, will join.
The Army’s Rangers, Delta Force, and Green Berets will also join.
“A bigger number of and more diverse U.S. special operation forces will take part in this year’s Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises to practice missions to infiltrate into the North, remove the North’s war command and demolition of its key military facilities,” the unnamed official told Yonhap News Agency.
The Foal Eagle drill started on March 1 and runs until the end of April. U.S. F-35 stealth fighters will also arrive from U.S. Navy bases in Japan in March to simulate attacks on North Korean facilities, Joon Gang Daily reported.
The SEALs drill will simulate a “decapitation attack,” aiming at removing a person in North Korea’s leadership, Joon Gang Daily also reported.
Both South Korea and the United States have described the drills as defensive, while North Korea has said they are a provocation.
The SEALs boarded the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and will arrive in South Korea on Wednesday, Task and Purpose magazine reported.
The action coincides with a Wall Street Journal report earlier this month saying the Trump administration is considering military force against the isolated communist regime that has recently fired ballistic missiles in the direction of Japan. The country is currently attempting to build a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un was assassinated in Malaysia.
And sending SEAL Team Six to South Korea, according to one ministry official, “will send a very strong message to North Korea, which is constantly carrying out military provocations,” the magazine reported.
In all, the Foal Eagle exercise includes 3,600 U.S. soldiers in addition to the 28,000 American troops stationed in South Korea.