Pentagon Supports Diplomacy In North Korea But Weighs Other Options

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North Korea could also retaliate with biological and chemical weapons, the details of which would be best discussed in a classified setting, the letter added.

Mr Kazianis, who serves at the Centre for the National Interest, said that the belief that North Korea would only gain the capability to nuke the U.S. by next year was wishful thinking.

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 USA troops at risk.

House members Ted Lieu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona, both Democrats, requested the information.

There are 28,500 USA troops in South Korea and Seoul is home to a population of 25 million people.

The lawmakers said a ground invasion would be "deeply disturbing" and warned it "could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting".

Lieu told The Washington Post "it's important for people to understand what a war with a nuclear power would look like".

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The letter was published as Donald Trump begins his mammoth tour of Asia, during which the North Korean threat is expected to be a major topic of discussion.

A high-ranking North Korean defector told a congressional hearing Wednesday that a pre-emptive US military strike on the country would trigger automatic retaliation, with the North unleashing artillery and short-range missile fire on South Korea. "It could kill millions of South Koreans and put troops and civilians in Guam and Japan at risk".

'No dictator, no regime, no nation should ever underestimate American resolve, ' Trump told hundreds of cheering United States and Japanese troops in camouflage uniforms gathered at Yokota Air Base, just west of Tokyo, soon after he arrived.

North Korea's recent actions, including several missiles that overflew Japan and Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test, have raised the stakes in the most critical global challenge of Trump's presidency.

He said: "What's inflammatory is the North Korean regime and what they're doing to threaten the world". The Trump administration has said this is among its options in stopping leader Kim Jong Un from perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

" Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities, said Trump, who was wearing a military-style bomber jacket".

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