Date
19 September 2017
An image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set on fire during an anti-North Korea rally in Seoul on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
An image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set on fire during an anti-North Korea rally in Seoul on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

South Korea has ‘plan to reduce Pyongyang to ashes’

South Korea has a plan to annihilate the North Korean capital if it shows any signs of mounting a nuclear attack, the South’s Yonhap news agency reports.

A military source told the news agency every part of Pyongyang “will be completely destroyed by ballistic missiles and high-explosives shells”, according to BBC News.

The city, the source said, “will be reduced to ashes and removed from the map”.

The official told Yonhap that Pyongyang districts thought to be hiding the North’s leadership would be particularly targeted in any attack.

Yonhap has close ties to South Korea’s government and is publicly funded.

North Korea on Friday set off its fifth, and largest, nuclear test, saying it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile and vowing to continue strengthening its nuclear power.

On Monday Yonhap, citing South Korean government sources, reported that Pyongyang has completed preparations for another nuclear test.

The sources said the North may use a previously unused tunnel at its mountainous test site, according to Reuters.

The United States earlier said it is considering its own sanctions, in addition to any imposed by the UN Security Council, Japan and South Korea.

Pyongyang responded on Sunday by calling the threats of “meaningless sanctions … highly laughable”.

North Korea is banned by the UN from any tests of nuclear or missile technology and has been hit by five sets of UN sanctions since its first test in 2006.

Estimates of the explosive yield of the latest blast have varied, Reuters said.

South Korea’s military said it was about 10 kilotons, enough to make it the North’s “strongest nuclear test ever”.

Other experts say initial indications suggest 20 kilotons or more.

The nuclear bomb dropped by the US on Hiroshima in 1945 had a yield of about 15 kilotons.

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