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Pentagon declares a ground invasion is the only way to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear arsenal



Pentagon declares a ground invasion is the only way to eliminate North Koreas nuclear arsenal

Those calling for strikes against North Korea to take out their nuclear program will be disappointed by the Pentagon’s assessment. Air strikes alone would not be enough to completely cripple their nuclear program and end the threat they pose to the United States and Asian allies.

The timing of this report, made at the request of members of Congress, coincides with President Trump’s Asian trip. The North Korean threat is at the center of talks the President is having with leaders of several Asian nations.

“There are no good military options for North Korea. Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for U.S. troops and U.S. civilians in South Korea,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “It could kill millions of South Koreans and put troops and civilians in Guam and Japan at risk.”

For months, North Korea has escalated not only its public attacks on the United States and South Korea but also their nuclear tests. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have also engaged in direct attacks through Twitter and other mediums.

Americans are likely very opposed to such an attack. Unless we’re attacked, the thought of a ground war that could cause thousands of American casualties and potentially millions of lives lost on the Korean Peninsula is out of the question.

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Ground Invasion Only Way to Destroy North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal, Pentagon Says 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.

In a joint statement issued Saturday, 15 Democratic lawmakers and one Republican — all military veterans — called the assessment that a ground invasion would be required to destroy the North’s nuclear arsenal “deeply disturbing” and said that such an action “could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting.”

+Jesseb Shiloh is not-so-new to blogging. He enjoys things that most don't and doesn't mind and occasional nap. And he's never ambiguous nor contradictory most of the time. Find him on Twitter.

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