Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

War With Kim Jong Un 'Must Not Happen,' South Korea Says

War With Kim Jong Un 'Must Not Happen,' South Korea Says

The only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion, American military planners said on Saturday.

The US administration is considering putting North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism amid growing demands from several US senators, who had mandated a congressional deadline for the State Department to take a decision.

Rear Adm Michael J Dumont of the Joint Staff offered the assessment in response to a letter from Reps Ted Lieu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona. "I think they will be tempted to act somehow to kind of remind everyone that they are an independent actor here and you can't just go to everyone around the neighborhood", Delury said. "It's a great opportunity to show a unity of goal against North Korea and reinforce the larger USA commitment to Asia, but there's also a risk of provoking North Korea", Jackson told CNN in an email.

Trump said before his trip that China could have a "big problem" with "warrior nation" Japan if the North Korea issue is not solved. "It could kill millions of South Koreans and put troops and civilians in Guam and Japan at risk".

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives Tuesday in South Korea as part of a regional tour that has been dominated by North Korea's weapons development.

The Pentagon letter to lawmakers also points out that North Korea may consider the use of biological weapons despite its worldwide obligations, and is likely in possession of a chemical weapons stockpile.

'A classified briefing would be the best place to discuss in detail the capability of the USA and its allies to discuss capabilities to counter North Korea's ability to respond with a nuclear weapon and eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons located in deeply buried, underground facilities, ' he said.

Experts believe that if war were to resume on the Korean Peninsula, the city would see tens of thousands of people killed in the first hours.

But Kang warned that "we need to be very careful about military options", adding that they "are there to give strength to diplomacy".

"Calculating "best- or worst-case casualty scenarios" was challenging and would depend on the "nature, intensity and duration" of a North Korean attack", it quoted the letter as saying.

Abe announced new sanctions against North Korean individuals, but Trump will face a major challenge in pressing China to step up economic and diplomatic pressure to isolate North Korea. "We want Putin's help on North Korea, and we'll be meeting with a lot of different leaders".

Moon favors more engagement with Pyongyang and Trump's hard-line public stance on North Korea has added to the perception that a rift has opened up between the two men.

"The stakes are too high and the potential outcome too grave for President Trump to violate his constitutional duty to come to Congress to authorize and oversee use of force", their statement reads.

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