S. Korea’s new elite ‘Spartan 3000’ special forces unit trained for raids inside North

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South Korea has formed an elite unit of marines which can be quickly deployed to any part of the Korean peninsula and could carry out raids inside North Korea.

The “Spartan 3000” unit trained with U.S. forces during a massive joint exercise earlier this month that included 300,000 troops. The elite force’s main purpose is to destroy “key military facilities” inside North Korea, according to Yonhap news agency.

South Korean (blue headbands) and US Marines take part in a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang, South Korea. /Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters
South Korean (blue headbands) and U.S. Marines take part in a joint landing operation drill in Pohang, South Korea. /Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

The elite unit was formed and trained as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un fortified coastal defenses and threatened to “bury our enemies at sea.”

North Korean state media released images of Kim observing coastal military drills intended to prove that the North could “kill ruthlessly the U.S. and South Korea whenever the group of enemies gives off any sort of sparks on the land,” according to the Korean Central News Agency.

“Seeing the daring action of landing units, Kim Jong-Un said with pleasure that such surprise landing and attack on the coast would result in a victorious battle.”

The North fired what reports said were two medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea on March 18, days after Kim ordered further nuclear tests.

On March 21, North Korea fired five short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, the Pentagon confirmed.

“Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions. We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations,” Pentagon spokesman Bill Urban said.