Sunday, September 11, 2016

Seoul threatens to reduce Pyongyang 'to ashes'

South Korea has measures in place to reduce Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, "to ashes" if Kim Jong-un's regime shows any signs that it is planning to carry out a nuclear attack. "Every Pyongyang district, particularly where the North Korean leadership is possibly hidden, will be completely destroyed by ballistic missiles and high-explosive shells as soon as the North shows any signs of using a nuclear weapon", a source in the South Korean military told the Yonhap news agency.

"In other words, the North's capital city will be reduced to ashes and removed from the map". Tensions are once again high on the Korean Peninsula, two days after North Korea carried out its fifth underground nuclear test.

Epicenter of the nuclear test is about 2 kilometers from the North Portal tunnel
The blast, at the North's Punggye-ri nuclear proving grounds, was initially detected as a magnitude-5 earthquake but subsequently confirmed as Pyongyang's largest-ever nuclear detonation. Within hours, North Korean state media announced that the test had been a success and demonstrated the regime's ability to mount nuclear warheads on strategic ballistic missiles.

South Korea has chosen to make it clear that it is ready and able to act should it conclude that a nuclear attack is imminent.
South Korea intends to use domestically produced surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, the most advanced of which - the Hyunmoo 3 - has a range of more than 600 miles.

The South Korean military is developing another version of the missile, with greater range and payload.