As we reported yesterday, indications of training preparation on the coast of South Korea are increasing ahead of Saturday’s holiday celebration across the border in North Korea.
According to the reports, several U.S. forces are in the area including the elite Navy SEAL Team Six, the team that took out Osama bin Laden.
These reports corroborate Defense Department indications earlier this week that multiple options are on the table for response to N. Korea including assassination of Kim Jong-Un.
Here’s more from the Sun…
Seal Team Six is taking part in secretive drills alongside other elite US forces in South Korea amid rising tensions with Pyongyang, news.com.au reports.
US military officials confirmed “ground, air, naval and special operations” are taking part in “several joint and combined field training operations” which involve up to 17,000 troops.
And South Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily has claimed the teams would take part in a drill to simulate the removal of Kim Jong-un.
But US officials denied the elite troopers are preparing a raid to take out Kim.
Asked about drills, Former US Navy Commander Gary Ross said: “There are variety of Special Operations Forces (SOF) participating in Foal Eagle, as they do in most regional exercises.”
“Foal Eagle is a regularly-scheduled, annual exercise that is the culmination of many months of planning and it is not being conducted in response to the current situation on peninsula.”
The special operations teams are thought to also include the Army Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.
The training started one day after US deployed its state-of-the-art THAAD missile defence system to the region.
It comes as tensions between Pyongyang and Washington reach boiling point.
A state-run North Korean newspaper yesterday warned the US it had nukes trained on the US mainland.
An article in Rodong Sinmun read: “Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases.
“Not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland.”