"We can launch and operate long-range bombers over the Korean peninsula on very short notice, and we hope not to have to do that", Pentagon spokesman US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said.
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 USA and South Korea signed "Operation Plan 5015", a joint strategy for possible war scenarios with North Korea.
Pyongyang has also vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile that it says will be capable of hitting the U.S. west coast.
Mark Sauter, a former U.S. Army and special forces officer, said an attack on the North Korean leader would be more hard than other operations such as Seal Team 6's mission that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
"We're going to be focusing, as I said, on particularly on the urgent threat posed by North Korea, and we expect that that will take some time", Thornton said.
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He said the Pentagon would maintain lines of communication with the Chinese military to head off any escalation in the South China Sea - but keep this separate from the diplomatic effort on North Korea.
Tuesday's flights by B-1Bs came shortly after the death of United States college student Otto Warmbier, who was recently released by North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months of captivity.
"I used to work in the field of human rights, and I know what expectations the worldwide community has of Seoul", Kang told reporters after she was sworn in at the Foreign Ministry in downtown Seoul. Another said there was no meeting earlier in the day that they feel could have spurred this comment or that that tweet foretold some sort of action against North Korea.
While visiting the hermit state in 2016, Warmbier was jailed for trying to steal a propaganda poster. The move sparked protests in South Korea, as some citizens see THAAD as an additional motive for North Korea to strike.
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