Pentagon: Ground Invasion the Only Way to Destroy North Korea Nukes

Jerome Frank
November 7, 2017

But as the president prepares to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a report by a South Korean spy agency Thursday said there was "active movement" surrounding a missile research facility in Pyongyang. The president joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan on Sunday and Monday, enjoying a casual burger lunch and golf - and discussing the nuclear crisis.

Trump's marathon trip comes with the North Korea crisis at fever pitch, as U.S. bombers fly sorties over the Korean peninsula and fears mount of another Pyongyang missile test.

The US Defense Department sent the letter in response to a request from two members of Congress for details regarding "expected casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea" for US and allied forces in Japan, South Korea and Guam as well as civilians, the Post said.

'It is our intent to have a full public accounting of the potential cost of war, so the American people understand the commitment we would be making as a nation if we were to pursue military action, ' the lawmakers said.

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Recent drills over South Korea by two United States strategic bombers have further raised tensions.

"Every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us". It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops. Park also noted the backdrop of the grave security situation on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's nuclear test and subsequent missile launches. While Trump will be looking to use his trip to strengthen Washington's alliance with Seoul and reaffirm their joint push to maximize pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, he will also be faced with several thorny issues weighing on the relationship.

Dumont noted that the U.S. is evaluating North Korea's ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles. It's a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved, ' he said. The toll could be broad across the entire region, with millions presumed to die in South Korea alone, with Japan and Guam also likely to be targeted, and a "catastrophic" loss of U.S. troops participating in the war.

In June, the Treasury Department declared the Bank of Dandong a "primary money laundering concern" for serving as a gateway for North Korea to access the U.S. and worldwide financial systems despite USA and United Nations sanctions. Trump has criticized the deal as a source of the USA trade deficit with South Korea, an argument officials there dismiss.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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