USFK Chief Explains Threat from N.Korean Special Forces

      February 09, 2011 09:47

      Gen. Walter Sharp

      North Korea's 200,000-strong special forces are divided into 60,000 troops assigned to special missions and 140,000 light infantry troops, the commander of the U.S Forces Korea told South Korean lawmakers Tuesday. Gen. Walter Sharp was speaking in a meeting with the National Assembly's Defense Committee.

      "The 60,000 troops Sharp referred to are elite special operations squads capable of carrying out highly complicated missions such as the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan, while the 140,000 light infantry troops probably either support the crack units or engage in special operations that we know about such as infiltrating behind enemy lines," said a member of the committee.

      Another said the light infantry troops are similar to South Korea's special forces and if Sharp's comments are correct "the North probably has 140,000 special forces that are equivalent to ours and 60,000 more soldiers who are capable of even more difficult missions." The lawmaker added, "This means that North Korea's special forces are far more powerful than we thought."

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