There is going to be another round of war simulations between the United States and South Korea, and this time they are going to be more serious. The United States and South Korea will resume their contentious military drills together, during which they will simulate the execution of North Korea’s top leader.
The United States and South Korea are collaborating on their first joint operation in five years, which includes a “kill chain.” During this exercise, soldiers from both countries will train in attacking North Korea’s missile and nuclear locations, as well as the bases that the North needs to use in order to supply, recharge, and rearm its missiles and nuclear weapons. A “decapitation” scenario, in which soldiers simulate penetrating the core of the North Korean command system and killing its leader, Kim Jong Un, will be performed at the end of this training session, according to people familiar with the US-South Korean defense treaty.
“Decapitation is a mission to capture or kill a high-value target, e.g., manhunting,” said David Maxwell, a veteran U.S. Army Special Forces colonel. “If you get the head of the military forces, theoretically, you gut the head of the snake.”
The drills, which are going to start this month, are going to be called “Ulchi Freedom Shield,” after a commander who fought off Chinese invaders in the seventh century. Lloyd Austin and Lee Jong-sup, South Korea’s defense minister, agreed to resume the drills last weekend after Trump canceled them following his meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore in 2018.