Ground Invasion Only Way to Destroy North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal, Pentagon Says
07 November, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Brenda Erickson
The Hermit Kingdom, referencing dictator Kim Jong Un, said an "outstanding leader" will determine the country's destiny.
The revelation comes as President Donald Trumpstarts his Asia trip, where the subject of North Korea's nuclear ambitions is expected to be high on the president's priority list.
A report by the Congressional Research Service released last month estimates as many as 25 million people on either side of the border, including more than 100,000 USA citizens, could be affected by an escalation of a military conflict on the Korean peninsula.
Others experts though argue that there is little reliable information about the extent of North Korea's chemical and biological weapons program, and the state would likely rely on its extensive arsenal of weapons less unsafe to handle than biological agents in the event of an attack. "Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for USA troops and US civilians in South Korea", the statement reads.
The president's first stops are Japan and South Korea - frontline U.S. allies in the effort to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear programme, and the two countries with most to fear should a full-scale conflict break out. Trump has criticized the deal as a source of the USA trade deficit with South Korea, an argument officials there dismiss.
The letter, written by Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, the vice director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, details how a conflict between North Korea and the US could play out.
"We must pursue every other option before even considering a massive ground invasion", their statement reads. South Korea's foreign minister made similar remarks during a parliament committee meeting earlier last week.
North and South Korea are technically still in a state of conflict since the Korean War ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, in 1953. Former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho warned USA lawmakers that they would "press the button without further instructions" and suggested that military action against Kim would nearly certainly result in a catastrophic number of civilian casualties.
North Korea's last nuclear and missile tests both occurred in September.
South Korea's recent agreement with China to try to end disputes over an advanced US missile defense system deployed in South Korea could be an issue.
At the very least, millions of people would die in this sort of war. "The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly over Japanese territory are a threat to the civilized world and global peace and stability". On Sept. 3, Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test. The visit would see the president discuss the escalating nuclear threat from Pyongyang as part of worldwide dialogue between him and the respective world leaders. "We will not stand for that, the era of strategic patience is over".
Kang said Trump's comments on Kim in recent months were an "indication of his strong, strong desire to come to terms with this, to resolve this once and for all".
Trump did not wait for an official address to launch a verbal attack against North Korea.
South Korean presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun speaks at a media briefing on U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming state visit at Cheong Wa Dae on November 5, 2017. It also wants nothing short of full normalization of relations with the USA and to be treated with respect and as an equal in the global arena.
But he downplayed the significance of the meetings, telling the Times he had "a very brief hello to a couple of people". And people were asking him about this meeting back in 2016 where former campaign aide George Papadopoulos was present.
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