Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Invasion only option to rid Korea of nukes

Invasion only option to rid Korea of nukes

"The only way to "locate and destroy - with complete certainty - all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs" is through a ground invasion", Dumont wrote in the October 27 letter posted on Lieu's official Web site.

The new findings come just as Donald Trump embarks on his first tour of Asia which is seeing him visit South Korea.

The Joint Chiefs also fear that Pyongyang would use biological weapons in a conflict, despite worldwide conventions banning their use, as well as chemical weapons - which it has never agreed to abandon.

The only certain way to locate and secure all North Korea's nuclear weapons sites would be via a USA ground invasion, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing a letter from Pentagon officials sent to U.S. lawmakers.

The letter took pains to assert that a more precise assessment of the tactics, logistics and human risk involved in a full-scale U.S. ground assault against North Korea must remain classified, for now.

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North Korea has made a number of threats against Guam as tensions between Pyongyang and the United States and its allies have increased in recent months.

Veterans in Congress are concerned about the possibility of a ground invasion of North Korea, which they said could kill millions of people.

"That is deeply disturbing and could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting".

To be clear, many analysts believe if there were a military conflict against North Korea, the USA and South Korea would win within a matter of weeks.

He told reporters on Air Force One en route to Asia that North Korea would figure prominently in discussions during the trip.

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The Trump administration "has failed to articulate any plans to prevent the military conflict from expanding beyond the Korean peninsula and to manage what happens after the conflict is over".

"Trump himself threw a characteristic wildcard into the mix, saying he would "certainly be open" to meeting the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un", The Guardian says.

A statement by 16 lawmakers, released simultaneously with the Pentagon letter, urged President Donald Trump to stop making "provocative statements" that impede diplomatic efforts and risk the lives of U.S. troops, the paper said.

'No dictator, no regime, no nation should ever underestimate American resolve, ' Trump told hundreds of cheering U.S. and Japanese troops in camouflage uniforms gathered at Yokota Air Base, just west of Tokyo, soon after he arrived. One report by the Congressional Research Service published in October estimates at least 25 million casualties, including 100,000 USA citizens, military personnel and civilians across both sides of the border.

North Korea's recent actions, including several missiles that overflew Japan and Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test, have raised the stakes in the most critical worldwide challenge of Trump's presidency.

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