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US Still Studying Military Options as North and South Korea Talk

US Still Studying Military Options as North and South Korea Talk
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By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:50 AM

Even as North and South Korea open talks, U.S. officials are still quietly debating whether to launch a limited airstrike against the Kim Jong Un regime, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

North and South Korea began talks on Tuesday — primarily aimed at Kim's decision to send a team to the Olympics. The winter games are set to open in South Korea next month.

But U.S. officials are still discussing how to react to any future nuclear missile test by North Korea. Under discussion is a "bloody nose" strategy — a limited military strike designed to show the high price North Korea would pay for its behavior, according to the Journal.

U.S. officials want to know if it can be done without sparking any reprisal by North Korea, the newspaper said.

The Journal noted North Korea has a vast array of artillery pointed at the south that could inflict thousands of casualties in minutes. And officials fear North Korea could also attempt to use a nuclear weapon.

Meanwhile, South Korea is hoping to expand its talks with North Korea beyond participation in the Olympics toward finding other ways to reduce tensions between the two counties. And North Korea has agreed to further talks designed to ease military tensions, CNN reported.

The news network called it a significant thaw in relations between the two countries.

But, the Journal reported, the real key diplomatic move would necessitate talks between North Korea and the U.S.

However, North Korea wants the U.S. to stop any joint military activities with South Korea and the U.S. wants North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons arsenal. Both sides find the conditions unacceptable, the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis continue to push for a diplomatic effort. But Jeffrey Feltman, U.N. under secretary-general for political affairs, recently returned from North Korea and said the nation has very little interest in talks with the U.S., the Journal reported.

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Even as North and South Korea open talks, U.S. officials are still quietly debating whether to launch a limited airstrike against the Kim Jong Un regime, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
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