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Pentagon: Invasion Only Way to Destroy North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal

07 November 2017, 12:49 | Marta Robbins

Reuters

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That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea.

The Post reported that a statement from 16 lawmakers - all but one of them Democrats - obtained along with the Pentagon letter said the "assessment underscores what we've known all along: There are no good military options for North Korea".

Protestors were seen marching near the U.S. Embassy where chants of "No Trump" were heard loud and clear, with more protests planned during Trump's stay in South Korea. "It's given North Korea a reason to say, 'Hey, we need a bomb, because if we don't have a bomb we're going to not be able to protect ourselves and they'll come after us [sic]'".

South Korea's spy agency said last week that North Korea may be preparing another missile test, raising speculation that such a launch could be timed for Trump's 12-day visit to the region.

Trump was due to arrive early Tuesday in Seoul - where the subject of how to tackle North Korea's totalitarian dictator is expected to be at the top of the agenda. Trump is looking to present a united front with Japan against North Korea through meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Pentagon said that calculating "best- or worst-case casualty scenarios" was challenging and would depend on the "nature, intensity and duration" of a North Korean attack; how much warning civilians would have to get to the shelters in South Korea; and the ability of US and South Korean forces to respond to North Korean artillery, rockets and missiles.

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Missile Defense and will not expand its military alliance with the USA into a trilateral alliance including Japan amount to giving up sovereign rights. He also singled out trade, which he said had been "badly handled" in the region for years.

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities... every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us".

US ally South Korea, meanwhile, is rolling out the red carpet for Trump but is also sensitive to the fact that he plans to spend only 24 hours in the country compared to 48 hours in Japan, the kind of comparison that South Koreans often make because of concerns they are a lesser USA priority than Tokyo, its richer neighbor. It will also further step up cooperation with its neighbor to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue in a peaceful manner, she noted.

'There is only one way that this war ends.

Before Trump's presidency, many in South Korea and the United States regarded the deal as a key pillar of their alliance.



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