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South Korea creates 'decapitation' unit targeting North's leadership

Brigade expected to target Kim Jong Un upon signs of a nuclear attack

SEOUL -- The South Korean military established a "decapitation" brigade Friday designed to eliminate North Korea's leadership in case of an emergency on the peninsula, defense ministry officials revealed.

The brigade is charged with entering Pyongyang to target North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials in the country's ruling party if signs of a nuclear attack are detected. The unit will receive about 1,000 soldiers and equipment under the army's special warfare command, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo announced plans for the brigade in September.

North Korea has said it will detect even the slightest movement by the brigade and launch retaliatory operations.

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