North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is reportedly so terrified of being targeted for assassination that he travels incognito inside the Hermit Kingdom, and there’s growing evidence his paranoia may be well-founded.
No Peace For Jong-Un: His One Safe Place, Deep Underground Is No Longer Safe
According to Fox News, the 33-year-old, third-generation ruler is “extremely nervous” about a clandestine plot to take him out, according to a key South Korean lawmaker who spoke to The Korea Herald. Rep. Lee Cheol-woo, chairman of the South Korean parliament’s intelligence committee, made the claim based on reports from South Korea’s intelligence agency.
“Kim is engrossed with collecting information about the ‘decapitation operation’ through his intelligence agencies,” Lee said following a briefing last week.
According to the conservativetribune, he has more or less hunkered down in his underground bunker to feel safe in his heavily defended capitol, limiting outside exposure as much but providing a hard target for his enemies.
“Pyongyang is surrounded by antiaircraft weapons, and while the corpulent Kim presents a large and sluggish target, he’s kept on the move, always surrounded by fanatical guards and often near or in complex underground compounds,” explained Mark Sauter, a former U.S. Army special operator who served in the Korean demilitarized zone during the Cold War.
Nevertheless, Sauter stated that Kim probably “does need to worry about strikes by precision-guided missiles and bunker-buster bombs in the early stages of a preemptive allied attack, and if a conflict continues, everything from (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to special operators will be on his tracks.”
Following Kim’s latest test launch of a intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korean and U.S. forces released footage of their own test launches of missiles, particularly one missile developed by South Korea that is capable of penetrating underground bunkers and vaporizing everything inside of it, according to American Military News.
That missile is known as the Hyunmoo II, and a test launch of the weapon in late June was said to be “aimed at sending a clear warning against North Korea’s repeated provocations,” according to a spokesperson for the South Korean president.
Furthermore, the spokesperson made it clear that the short-range bunker-busting ballistic missile “will be a key component in our kill chain to counter possible North Korean missile attacks.”
Kim may feel safe inside of his 1950s Cold War-era underground bunker, but technology has vastly improved over the past several decades and underground bunkers are no longer exempt from being targeted or suffering substantial damage as may have once been.
In truth, the rotund rogue regime leader is not particularly safe no matter where he runs and hides. If some Special Operations mission to take him out isn’t able to catch him outside, then he will simply be roasted inside of his bunker, if such action ultimately proves necessary to end the menacing threat he poses to the region and beyond.”