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Retired General: US Will Likely Use Force to Disarm NKorea

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 08:24 PM

It is likely the United States will have to use military force to disarm North Korea, retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak told Newsmax TV.

McPeak told "Newsmax Now" host Bill Tucker about the growing crisis on the Korean peninsula and what the next steps might be as the world copes with the reality North Korea either has a nuclear weapon or could soon possess one.

"It's clear to me that we have to stop the construction of an intercontinental nuclear delivery capability in this country," said McPeak, who served as chief of staff of the Air Force and acting Air Force secretary.

"And so I think eventually that means we will have to intervene militarily and demolish this nuclear infrastructure that's been built and the capability that is progressing quite rapidly in North Korea."

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McPeak noted the timeframe to prevent North Korea from attacking the United States or another country is running short.

"It's quite likely that in six months or a year it will be too late, so I think there is a time limit on how long we can let this problem fester, but it's not too late to solve it in terms of threats to Chicago and New York City and even Seattle," he said.

"We're burning daylight on this problem, we got to get going on it."

Another concern is North Korea could have biological weapon capabilities. A North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea this year was found to have anthrax antibodies in his system, which could indicate exposure to the deadly bacteria.

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The clock is ticking on disarming North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and it is becoming more likely the United States will need to use force in lieu of diplomacy, a retired general told Newsmax TV.
general, nuclear weapons, diplomacy, military, strategic patience
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 08:24 PM
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