Pentagon: Ground Invasion the Only Way to Destroy North Korea Nukes

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Trump is on a 12-day Asia trip which kicked off in Japan. This is part of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's efforts to sever ties so that North Korea can not financially benefit from the very countries it threatened to destroy. The president joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan on Sunday and Monday, enjoying a casual burger lunch and golf - and discussing the nuclear crisis.

"Every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us". These lawmakers are also keen to make it clear that President Trump can not unilaterally attack North Korea without Congressional authorization.

A key USA ally, South Korea is home to more than 50 million people. "We will not stand for that, the era of strategic patience is over".

The US Defense Department sent the letter in response to a request from two members of Congress for details regarding "expected casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea" for US and allied forces in Japan, South Korea and Guam as well as civilians, the Post said.

He told reporters on Air Force One en route to Asia that North Korea would figure prominently in discussions during the trip. It was not pleasant for them, was it?

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Trump's trip comes amid escalating tensions with North Korea, which has continued to pursue its missile and nuclear programs and ramped up its missile testing. The toll could be broad across the entire region, with millions presumed to die in South Korea alone, with Japan and Guam also likely to be targeted, and a "catastrophic" loss of U.S. troops participating in the war.

Trump wants South Korea to pay more for the USA military presence on its soil, which is chiefly aimed at deterring potential aggression from North Korea.

North and South Korea are technically still in a state of conflict since the Korean War ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, in 1953.

A hint at a military option or crude insults directed at Kim - like the term "Little Rocket Man" he previously used to deride the young North Korean dictator - is certain to enrage North Korea, which could react with weapons tests and threats of war.

China's fuel exports to North Korea fell in August, along with iron ore imports from the isolated nation, as trade slowed after the latest UN sanctions, but coal shipments resumed after a five-month hiatus. "They're high-ranking employees who have been linked to North Korea's nuclear and missile development program as well as the North's foreign exchange procurement efforts".

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