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Sunday, November 05, 2017

A Pentagon assessment has declared the only way to completely destroy all parts of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme is through a ground invasion.
Rear Admiral Michael Dumont expressed the opinion on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a letter to Congressman Ted Lieu.

Mr Dumont said calculating "even the roughest" potential casualty figures would be extremely difficult.

He also gave some detail on what the first hours of a war would involve.

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"The only way to 'locate and destroy - with complete certainty - all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs' is through a ground invasion," he wrote in response to Congressman Lieu's questions about a potential conflict.

The risks involved included a potential nuclear counter-attack by North Korea while US forces attempted to disable its "deeply buried, underground facilities", he said.

"A classified briefing is the best venue for a detailed discussion," he added.

Rear Admiral Dumont opened his letter with a clear indication that his office supported economic and diplomatic solutions ahead of any military action.

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 US and its allies had, he said.

He said a counter-offensive from artillery battery fire and air strikes might help limit casualties. The Joint Chiefs also fear that Pyongyang would use biological weapons in a conflict, despite international conventions banning their use, as well as chemical weapons - which it has never agreed to abandon.

"It likely possesses a [chemical weapons] stockpile," the letter said.

The assessment by military chiefs follows the release of a report from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which warned that even a brief conflict without the use of banned weapons could cost tens of thousands of lives.

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If Trump's bone spurs have healed, perhaps he should volunteer to ride in the vanguard.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-11-05 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

China's problem, not our problem. Stop allowing Chinese goods into the U.S. until they own up to their own responsiblities. Oh wait, American billionaires wouldn't like that because they make billions reselling Chinese goods here so American lives can be sacrificed on the alter of their profits. Billionaires, wherever they are, cause problems, wars, poverty, starvation, disease, injustice all over the world. If harming the profit of a billionaire isn't preferable to a war then we're crazy.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-05 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Even Vizzini knows this is a bad idea

Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

#3 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-05 05:32 PM | Reply

followed by an occupation. sure. i approve of all of it. i learned to stop living and love the bomb.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-07 04:16 AM | Reply

#4.

Followed by occupation and insurgency by millions of psychotic NKs. Unlike, W., Donald would deny the existence of resistance for two years, not one.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-07 07:45 AM | Reply

The Joint Chiefs are right, it is the only way. Two choices, invade, or nuclear North Korea. I can live with a nuclear NK.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 09:47 AM | Reply

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