A South Korean Pre-Emptive Strike on North Korean Nuclear Facilities?
For the first time, a high-ranking South Korean military officer has acknowledged the possibility of a pre-emptive strike on North Korean nuclear facilities, though no official plans are in the works to carry out such a strike. Gen. Kim Tae-young, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said as much in a hearing yesterday. Gen. Kim said such an option would only be used if the North’s facilities became a “military threat.” The Joongang Ilbo reports:
“We would identify possible locations of nuclear weapons and make a precise attack in advance,” Kim said when asked what he would do if North Korea were to develop the capability and intent to attack the South with nuclear weapons. Kim was the commander of the First Army and is a specialist in military strategy and tactics. “Our goal is to prevent North Korea’s nuclear weapons from exploding in our territory,” he told lawmakers.