US, South Korea target north with joint ‘Kill Chai’ exercise

South Korea and the United States will carry out joint “kill chain” military exercises in which they will target the North’s missile and nuclear sites as well as the bases necessary to supply, resupply and rearm them.

The joint exercises mark the first of the two sides in five years, the Daily Beast reported, adding that the games will culminate in a “decapitation” exercise where they play to invade the heart of the North Korean command structure and eliminate the leader, Kim Jong Un.

“If you get the head of the military forces (which is Kim Jong Un), theoretically you’re emptying the snake’s head,” said David Maxwell, a retired US Army special forces colonel.

Along the same lines, analysts have warned that the mere mention of the beheading infuriates Kim, who is already intimidated by the concept of the “chain kill”. Fearing assassination, wary of the displeasure of his own destitute people, he would have stepped up security.

“The concept of a ‘chain of destruction’ came about about 10 years ago,” said Steve Tharpe, who made a career here first as an army officer and then as a civilian official in the US command. “It involves detection and a preemptive strike if an imminent major North Korean attack is certain. The beheading of leaders would be part of the KMPR.

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