The elite Navy SEAL team that took out Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden, SEAL Team Six, is feverishly preparing for their next potential mission — kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Reports say that as part of the massive joint exercise being conducted on the peninsula between the U.S. Army and Republic of Korea forces — called Foal Eagle — is secret “field training operations” for the elite special forces team.
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South Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily claims SEAL Team Six is conducting live drills to simulate taking out the North Korean madman amid heightened tensions. Additionally, other U.S. special operations teams — Rangers, Delta Force, and the Green Berets — are also participating in Foal Eagle.
When asked, U.S. forces have denied the report and called the SEALs exercises part of a normal, annual training drill conducted on the Korean peninsula.
“There are variety of Special Operations Forces (SOF) participating in Foal Eagle, as they do in most regional exercises,” U.S. Navy Commander Gary Ross told The Independent.
“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,” Ross said.
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If President Donald Trump has his way, the tensions may be resolved without firing a single bullet. Trump said Wednesday he had “a very good call” with Chinese leader Xi Jinping regarding what Trump calls “the menace of North Korea.”
Trump and Xi recently held talks at Trump’s estate in Florida. Trump says he made a deal with Xi that China will get a much better trade ties with the United States if Beijing helps to disarm North Korea.
Beijing has also announced they are willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and they also want a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict.
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Recently, China has moved approximately 150,000 troops to their border with North Korea, which some foreign policy experts believe is an attempt to leverage pressure on madman Kim Jong Un to stand down.
“China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the [Korean] peninsula, insists on maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means,” Xi was quoted as saying.
The Associated Press contributed to this article