Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, the commander of Special Operations Command, had some very strong words for Kim Jong-un and his officials in Pyongyang — US special forces are ready to take action and target North Korea’s weapons sites, nuclear or otherwise, if any conflict arises.
Speaking on Tuesday to a House subcommittee, Gen. Thomas stated that commandos from the Army, Navy and Airforce are already stationed in the Korean Peninsula. Not only are they there, but they have been planning and are ready to take action, in particular, taking out North Korea’s nuclear armament.
“We are actively pursuing a training path to ensure readiness for the entire range of contingency operations in which [special operations forces], to include our exquisite [countering weapons of mass destruction] capabilities, may play a critical role,” Gen. Thomas said. “We are looking comprehensively at our force structure and capabilities on the peninsula and across the region to maximize our support to U.S. [Pacific Command] and [U.S. Forces Korea]. This is my warfighting priority for planning and support.”
Thomas also added that the outfit “has recently focused more intently on the emerging threat that is of growing concern to us as well as most of our DoD teammates—the nuclear threat of an increasingly rogue North Korea.” He continued, “although previously viewed as a regional threat, North Korea’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, facilitated by a trans-regional network of commercial, military, and political connections, make it a threat with global implications.”
Military experts believe Special Forces operatives are already in a position where they would be able to locate and destroy both North Korea’s nuclear weapons, as well as their weapons delivery systems. It is believed that North Korea could have as many as twenty nuclear devices and as a result, U.S. forces have already built scale models of some North Korean weapons facilities for training purposes. Furthermore, operatives would also be responsible for stopping the transfer of weapons out of the country.
Speaking on Face the Nation on Sunday, President Trump commented on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s nuclear tests. “If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy,” Trump said, adding when asked if another test would result in military action, “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”