U.S. would have to invade North Korea to secure Pyongyang nukes

U.S. would have to invade North Korea to secure Pyongyang nukes

U.S. would have to invade North Korea to secure Pyongyang nukes

North Korea in July launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles apparently capable of reaching the USA mainland. But that doesn't mean it hasn't considered its options.

Seoul will also review "ultra powerful" punitive measures against North Korea, such as shutting off the oil supply to the country and a ban on the country's export of workers, in the event of further military provocations, the foreign minister said.

"The only way to "locate and destroy - with complete certainty - all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs" is through a ground invasion", Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, vice director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a blunt assessment to US lawmakers.

The only way the United States could "with complete certainty" locate and destroy all of North Korea's nuclear weapons sites is through putting boots on the ground, and even then the regime could retaliate with a devastating array of biological weapons, the Pentagon said in a report.

"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.

But behind the scenes, Trump may be more interested in talking than he lets on.

A t a speech Sunday at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Japan, Trump rallied the American service members and assured USA allies in the region that he had their backs in the face of the rogue regime's threats. The U.S. administration says it seeks a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff but "all options" are on the table.

Potential casualties from a conflict depended heavily on the intensity of any attack on South Korea's capital, Seoul, which lies just 35 miles (56 km) from the border, as well as how much advance warning the U.S. and its allies had, he said. It's only a question containing North Korea. It was not pleasant for them, was it?

Korea's continuing efforts to expand its missile and nuclear weapons programs will be a main topic. The exercises will take place for two days, according to Sputnik. "We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom, and our great American flag".

South Korea and China have urged the United States to help dial down tensions with the North after Pyongyang accused President Donald Trump of declaring war.

In an unusually frank assessment of risk, the Pentagon has noted that the forcible removal of nuclear weapons from North Korea would require a bloody and protracted ground war, a move lawmakers acknowledge would result in a death toll in the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, on the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions.

China has given official support for the sanctions.

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