South Korean and U.S. special forces troops recently performed drills simulating the infiltration of an enemy center, U.S. military photographs show, as strains with North Korea ratchet up ahead of a year-end deadline.
South Korean and U.S. commandos invaded the facility. They led out a man along with his hands tied behind the back through the exercise described as a joint regular close-quarters battle exercise last month at a U.S. military base in the southwestern South Korean city of Gunsan.
A South Korean officer stated the drill was intended as a hostage rescue operation training as a part of a counter-terrorism drill carried out quarterly by the allies. The U.S. Forces Korea did not reply to a request for remark.
The uncommon release of the photographs by the U.S. Protection Visible Information Distribution Service comes ahead of a 12 months-end deadline set by Pyongyang for Washington to soften its position in halted discussions.
South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper, which first reported the exercise, stated the drills had been intended to simulate a situation to capture North Korean executives.
Screenshots of what it said was a now-deleted video from the Pentagon confirmed a person in army uniforms like that of North Korea collapse upon a gunshot from one of the commandos, Chosun Ilbo stated.
South Korea, under an earlier administration, had planned to launch a particular unit in 2017 tasked with “removing or deadening” North Korea’s top command in the event of warfare.
Spat has been rising in recent weeks as North Korea conducts a series of weapons tests and waged a confrontation with U.S. President Trump in an apparent gambit to mark its year-end due date.
Earlier this month, Trump said the U.S. reserved the right to make use of military force against North Korea.