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Securing N.Korea nukes would require USA ground invasion

Securing N.Korea nukes would require USA ground invasion

Despite the announcement, the sanctions are expected to have little impact on North Korea's illegal activities to fund its weapons program as all trade and financial exchanges have been barred since May 2010 following the torpedoing of a South Korean warship by North Korea.

It said the letter, reportedly written by the vice director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, noted that such a conflict could prompt Pyongyang to deploy biological and chemical weapons.

President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that "no dictator" should underestimate USA resolve.

The world will be watching what kind of language Trump will use in his comments on North Korea.

Addressing the US military personnel stationed at the Japanese air base, Trump warned "no one, no dictator, no regime. should underestimate American resolve".

The drills, held Monday and Tuesday off South Korea's Jeju Island, come as US President Donald Trump visits the region for talks which are expected to be dominated by discussion of North Korea.

A key USA ally, South Korea is home to more than 50 million people.

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Pyongyang is regularly angered by coordinated drills in the region, which it sees as practice for an invasion, but which the United States and its allies say is necessary to counter North Korean aggression.

'Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us.

As President Trump prepares to set foot for the first time on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea rolled out its twisted version of the red carpet, mocking Trump as a "lunatic old man" and sparking fears a missile or nuke test could be imminent.

The amount of casualties would differ depending on the advance warning and the ability of US and South Korea forces to counter these attacks, he said. "We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom and our great American flag".

North Korea has conducted about 20 ballistic missile tests this year in defiance of U.N. resolutions, including two intercontinental ballistic missile tests that experts said suggest that a missile could reach parts of the United States.

Trump will instead visit Camp Humphreys, a military base about 40 miles south of Seoul. He said of the 300,000 people who could potentially die in the initial days, more than 100,000 could be Americans.

Last year, South Korea unilaterally closed operations at the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex, saying cash from the zone was being funnelled to the North's weapons programme. With North Korea's defeat - but at what cost?,' Givens said.


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