South Korea Develops Plan to Reduce North Korean Capital Pyongyang to Ashes

North Korean capital Pyongyang. (Image: Jen Morgan via flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0)
North Korean capital Pyongyang. (Image: Jen Morgan via flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0)

South Korea has developed a pre-emptive attack plan to annihilate the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in case it shows any signs of a nuclear attack, according to reports from Seoul.

An undisclosed military source cited by Yonhap news agency said:

The disclosure of the military response came after the Defense Ministry reported the “Korea Massive Punishment & Retaliation” (KMPR) concept to the National Assembly following the North’s fifth nuclear weapon test.

The KMPR concept calls for pre-emptive strikes and is dependent on the use of South Korean-made Hyunmoo ballistic missiles with ranges of up to 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) to mainly target the Pyongyang leadership in cases of both nuclear and conventional war being attempted by the North. The South plans to carry out a number of tests on these missiles by next year.

Fifth and strongest nuclear test ever

North Korea confirmed that it had conducted its fifth nuclear test in an official statement from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Nuclear Weapons Institute in Pyongyang, in which it also announced that:

Estimates of the explosive yield of the latest blast vary between 10 and 20 kilotons, enough to make it the North’s strongest nuclear test ever according to South Korean military sources. In comparison, the nuclear bomb dropped by the U.S. on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 had a yield of about 15 kilotons.

Swift international condemnation

North Korea is banned by the U.N. from any tests of nuclear or missile technology, and has been hit by five sets of U.N. sanctions since its first test in 2006. Consequently, the latest test was strongly criticized by South Korea, the U.S., Australia, France, Japan, Russia, and China — Pyongyang’s major diplomatic ally.

Watch a timeline of North Korea’s past nuclear tests by ARIRANG NEWS:

The United Nations Security Council said Pyongyang showed “flagrant disregard” and “clear violation” of existing U.N. resolutions.

U.S. President Barack Obama characterized the test as a “grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability” while considering further sanctions in addition to any imposed by the U.N. Security Council, Japan, and South Korea.

Pyongyang has defended its right to build and maintain nuclear weapons, saying they deter foreign powers from invading, and call the latest threats “meaningless and highly laughable.”

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