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US Attack on NKorea Would Endanger SKorea

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North Korea leader Kim Jong-un (right). (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 08:06 PM

As tensions increase between the United States and North Korea, any military action against the rogue nation could serve only to harm American ally South Korea.

North Korea's latest provocation came Tuesday with a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile with the ability to reach Alaska timed to match America's Independence Day holiday.

That, combined with the regime of Kim Jong-un's efforts to develop a nuclear warhead, is intended to prevent the United States from launching an effort to oust Kim from power.

While an attack on North Korea's nuclear efforts would make the United States safer, Pyongyang still has the ability to strike back with conventional weapons against South Korea and the 28,000 American troops stationed largely along the Demilitarized Zone.

South Korea's capital city of Seoul is only 35 miles away from the DMZ with a population of 25.6 million and vulnerable to rocket and missile attacks.

"Then you get into a situation where the United States has started a war with large-scale South Korean casualties," Malcolm Chalmers, deputy director-general of the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London, told USA Today.

"Even if you could be assured you take out all the nuclear and missile capabilities, North Korea also has significant conventional retaliatory capabilities. That could turn parts of Seoul into Aleppo (Syria), and that's the fear," Chalmers said.

That said, Trump's tough talk against the Kim regime and his vow on Monday to go it alone if China doesn't do a better job, could force North Korea into negotiations, Chalmers added.

"What the president appears to be doing... is giving the impression he might carry a disarming strike if his demands are not met," he said. "And because of who Trump is and how unpredictable he is, it may be increasing the bargaining position of the United States.

"But how do you translate that into a peaceful resolution and not get your bluff called?” Chalmers said. "There's no easy option. The Chinese don’t like what is happening in North Korea, but they also don’t want regime collapse."

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