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Admiral: Kim Would 'Do Victory Dance' If Trump Pulled Troops

Admiral: Kim Would 'Do Victory Dance' If Trump Pulled Troops
North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 15 March 2018 05:37 PM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would "do a victory dance" if U.S. troops were pulled from South Korea as President Donald Trump has hinted, a top admiral said Thursday.

In remarks before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command — and President Donald Trump's pick to be the next ambassador to Australia after Harris retires this year — also played down reported plans for a "bloody nose" strategy against North Korea, Stars and Stripes reported.

"I believe [regime leader Kim Jong Un] would do a victory dance," Harris said of Trump's reported suggestion he could yank America's 32,000 soldiers from the Korean peninsula, the news outlet reported.

"I think he'd be a happy man if we abdicated our alliance with South Korea and with Japan."

According to Stars and Stripes, Harris also addressed talk of a controversial "bloody nose" strike against North Korea, saying no such plan for a limited, preemptive strike is in the works.

Harris said the United States must be ready to "do the whole thing" rather than a limited strike if there is a conflict —and estimated such a conflict on the Korean peninsula would mean thousands of casualties.

"We have no bloody nose strategy — I don't know what that is," he said, Stars and Stripes reported.

"I am ready to execute whatever the president and the National Command Authority directs me to do, but a bloody nose strategy is not contemplated."

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If U.S. troops were pulled from South Korea as President Donald Trump has hinted, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would "do a victory dance," according to a top U.S. admiral.
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