North Korean Army Prepares Paratroopers for Invasion

North Korean Army Prepares Paratroopers for Invasion
North Korean special forces soldiers have practiced a sneak attack on the U.S.-South Korea Combined Forces Command facility in Seoul using silent paragliders.

In the event of war, North Korea’s army, navy, and air force have conducted training for landing specialized paratroopers into the U.S.-South Korean Combined Forces Command in Seoul.

The Yonhap News Agency has reported:

Special forces of the North Korean Army conducted drills for several days in mid-September to infiltrate the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Seoul by paraglider, defense officials said Tuesday.

A paraglider is easy to operate, with its equipment weighing a mere 3 to 4 kilograms. North Korean special forces could carry their folded paragliders on their backs and paraglide from a summit to seize a target in a surprise attack.

It is the first time members of North Korean special forces have carried out paragliding infiltration drills aimed at the allies' command post.

According to the officials, North Korean paragliding soldiers participated in the drills at a training ground that has a model building of the Combined Forces Command. It was already known that they had built a model of the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae [Blue House] to conduct drills to sharpen their ability to sneak into the South ...

A defense source expressed the worry that the South Korean Army's radar would hardly detect a nighttime airborne attack by North Korean paragliding soldiers, saying, "A paraglider flies at a low altitude without making a sound. It could be useful for making a surprise attack, like a drone."

The report quotes a South Korean military source who claimed North Korean special forces are “adopting amazing methods of infiltration with limited resources.” The training exercise also triggered a joint South Korean-U.S. short-range air defense drill late last month.

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