Pentagon says securing North Korea's nukes would require ground invasion

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. North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un is seen in the above file

"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.

Thae, the highest-level North Korean defector in two decades, appeared to confirm what has always been suspected but rarely articulated by USA officials - that even a selective American strike could rain a potentially devastating North Korean military response on the South Korean capital and its environs, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the heavily militarized frontier.

In terms of providing humanitarian assistance during or after conflict, Dumont said South Korea will have the primary responsibility for "post-conflict and transitional operations" on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea in July launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles apparently capable of reaching the US mainland. The President needs to stop making provocative statements that hinder diplomatic options and put American troops further at risk, ' they said.

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

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North Korea has continued to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, despite several sanctions imposed on the country by the United Nations. In a speech before US troops based in Japan, Trump claimed that "no dictator, no regime and no nation, should underestimate, ever, American resolve".

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. It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops. The Trump administration has said this is among its options in stopping leader Kim Jong Un from perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. He said of the 300,000 people who could potentially die in the initial days, more than 100,000 could be Americans.

When playing out hypothetical war scenarios in case armed conflict were to break out, the Pentagon "estimated the potential number of dead in South Korea at 20,000 each day", retired general Rob Givens told the Los Angeles Times.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of IL wrote to Trump Wednesday calling for him to provide the American public with declassified estimates of potential casualties, costs and outcomes from a limited or full-scale war with North Korea.

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