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Pentagon: Ground Invasion Only Way to Destroy North Korea's Nukes

Pentagon: Ground Invasion Only Way to Destroy North Korea's Nukes

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By    |   Sunday, 05 November 2017 09:02 PM

A ground invasion is the only way for the United States to locate and destroy with complete certainty North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress, according to an article in the New York Post on Sunday.

The report was equally dire in its estimates of casualties in such a scenario.

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

The report was written by Rear Adm. Michael Dumont, vice director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was sent as a letter in response to a request by Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona for "expected casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea."

The report emphasized that even if the U.S. did carry out a ground invasion, the North Korean regime could retaliate with a devastating variety of biological weapons, and that the country "has a long-standing chemical weapons program with the capability to produce nerve, blister, blood and choking agents."

The Pentagon report was released as President Donald Trump started a five-nation, 12-day tour of Asian nations, during which the threat from North Korea will be a main topic.

In the letter to the congressmen, the Pentagon said "it fully supports the economic and diplomatic pressure campaigns Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson is leading with regard to North Korea," noting that "we have not seen any change in the offensive posture of North Korea's forces."

Responding to the Pentagon report in a joint statement one Republican congressmen and 14 Democrats, all of them military veterans, called the report "disturbing" and "chilling," according to ABC News.

They urged Trump to stop making "provocative statements" about North Korea leader Kim Jong Un that harms diplomatic efforts and puts American troops at risk.

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