The only way for the U.S.to discover the extent of North Korea's nuclear arsenal and destroy it is through a ground invasion.
"The only way to "locate and destroy - with complete certainty - all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs" is through a ground invasion", Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, vice director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a blunt assessment to US lawmakers.
Following the Pentagon report, 14 lawmakers - all Republicans except for one Democrat - joined Lieu and Gallego to urge Trump to quit making "provocative statements" about North Korea's leader that jeopardizes diplomatic efforts and puts United States troops at risk.
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According to The Washington Post, Dumont said casualties would depend on the "nature, intensity, and duration" of a North Korean attack; how much warning civilians would have to get to the thousands of shelters in South Korea; and the ability of USA and South Korean forces to respond to North Korean artillery, rockets, and ballistic missiles with their own retaliatory barrage and airstrikes.
"The President needs to stop making provocative statements that hinder diplomatic options and put American troops further at risk."
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have escalated as the leaders of the two countries have been locked in a bitter war of words over Pyongyang's ambitious nuclear programme.
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He ramped up his rhetoric against Pyongyang leader Kim nearly immediately, telling soldiers at the Yokota Air Base near Tokyo: "No dictator, no regime, no nation should ever underestimate American resolve". "On Thursday (Korea time) they let a formation of B-1B nuclear strategic bombers stationed at the Andersen Air Force Base on Guam stealthily fly into South Korea again to stage a surprise nuclear strike drill targeting the DPRK".
North Korea has continued to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, despite several sanctions imposed on the country by the United Nations. North Korea is expected to be at the top of his agenda when he meets the Asian leaders. "We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom, and our great American flag".
Some 20,000 South Koreans would die every day in the event of a US-North Korean war, according to alleged calculations made by the Pentagon.
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