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Joint Chiefs say invasion 'only way' to totally disarm North Korea

09 November 2017

"Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for USA troops and us civilians in South Korea", the statement said. But that doesn't mean it hasn't considered its options.

Dumont noted that the United States is evaluating North Korea's ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles.

"The only way to locate and destroy with absolute certainty all components of the North Korean nuclear weapons programs is through a land invasion", Dumont said in a letter dated October 27th. "It could kill millions of South Koreans and put troops and civilians in Guam and Japan at risk". Trump has previously dismissed DPRK leader Kim Jong Un as a "little rocket man" on a suicide mission.

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

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Noting the importance of bringing to light the severity of risk due to an all-out war with a nuclear-capable state, the two lawmakers in their request for information observed that "a decision to attack or invade another country will have ramifications for our troops and taxpayers, as well as the region, for decades", particularly in the South Korean capital of Seoul, an area home to some 25 million people, cited by Tampabay.com.

North Korea has continued to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, despite several sanctions imposed on the country by the United Nations.

North Korea has called Thae "human scum" and accused him of embezzling government money and committing other crimes.

Some 20,000 South Koreans would die every day in the event of a US-North Korean war, according to alleged calculations made by the Pentagon.

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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.

'We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our freedom, ' Trump said.

US soldiers participate in a South Korea-US combined arms collective training exercise at the US army's Rodriguez shooting range in Pocheon, about 70 km northeast of Seoul near the heavily-fortified border with North Korea on September 19, 2017.

A Congressional Research Service report published last week said that conservative estimates anticipate that in the first hours of a conflict, North Korean artillery situated along the frontier could cause tens of thousands of casualties in South Korea, where at least 100,000 and possibly as many as 500,000 Americans live - including almost 30,000 USA troops.

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Joint Chiefs say invasion 'only way' to totally disarm North Korea