North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become so paranoid about being assassinated that he now travels around the Hermit Kingdom incognito.
According to a prominent South Korean lawmaker, the 33-year-old ruler is “extremely nervous” that a Western “decapitation” team is out to get him.
Speaking with The Korea Herald, Rep. Lee Cheol-woo, chairman of the South Korean parliament’s intelligence committee, said “Kim is engrossed with collecting information about the ‘decapitation operation’ through his intelligence agencies.”
Lee made the statement last week after a briefing from South Korea’s intelligence agency.
Fox News has more details:
The rumored “decapitation plan” to target Kim and key deputies in the event fighting broke out on the peninsula first surfaced in late 2015, when the U.S. and South Korea signed “Operation Plan 5015,” a joint strategy for possible war scenarios with North Korea. According to the Brookings Institute, the plan "envisions limited warfare with an emphasis on preemptive strikes on strategic targets in North Korea and “decapitation raids” to exterminate North Korean leaders."
Something about the term “decapitation” seems to have gotten the attention of the gout-addled, unpredictable and violent dictator. According to Lee, Kim’s is so frightened that he now disguises his movements, travels primarily at dawn and in the cars of his henchmen. Public appearances and jaunts in his prized Mercedes Benz 600 have been curtailed.
Earlier this year reports surfaced that South Korea was speeding up its creation of a specialized unit to undertake this mission, Fox News added.
The Trump administration’s official policy toward North Korea is not regime change, however, but rather seeking to impose “maximum pressure” in an attempt to get Pyongyang to halt its weapons programs.
“We want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees,” Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee in April.