In an unusually admission during a South Korean parliamentary session, the nation’s defense minister admitted they have a plan to assassinate North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un.
According to CNN, defense minister Han Min-koo was asked in a parliament session by a lawmaker “Are you creating a special forces unit to eliminate Kim Jong Un?”
The minister’s response: “Yes, we do have such a plan.”
“South Korea has a general idea and plan to use precision missile capabilities to target the enemy’s facilities in major areas as well as eliminating the enemy’s leadership,” he elaborated.
Min-koo’s blunt statement comes on the heels North Korea’s successful nuclear warhead test on Sept. 9.
The assassination plan could be implemented if the threat of North Korean nuclear capacities reached a certain point, CNN reports.
Earlier this month, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff revealed a retaliatory system, called Korea Massive Punishment & Retaliation (KMPR), after North Korea’s nuclear warhead test.
KMPR is comprised of surgical missile strikes and special forces units set to neutralize North Korea’s leadership in the scenario where South Korea feels a nuclear attack is imminent.
Last week the United States, Japan and South Korea roundly condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test and called for tough new measures to further isolate the communist state.
The South Korean foreign minister, Yun Byung-se called North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests a “ticking time bomb” and a threat to world safety.
“What we see is a looming perfect storm that may not only pounce on Northeast Asia but sweep over the entire world,” he said.
*with files from The Associated Press