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07 November 2017, 12:49 | Colleen Roy
Trump Praised the North Koreans as "Great People"
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.
Dumont noted that the U.S. is evaluating North Korea's ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles.
In his response, Mr Dumont highlighted that Seoul, the South Korean capital with a population of 25 million, was just 55 kilometres from the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas.
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.
"A classified briefing would be the best place to discuss in detail the capability of the United States and its allies", Mr Dumont's letter said.
While the joint military drills between the United States and South Korea that both sides say are defensive in nature they enrage South Korea's neighbor to the north - Pyongyang views them as practice for an eventual invasion. "The president needs to stop making provocative statements that hinder diplomatic options and put American troops further at risk", the lawmakers said.
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 U.S. resolve.
North Korea on Sunday warned Donald Trump against making "reckless remarks" as the United States president began a marathon Asian tour dominated by the nuclear threat from Pyongyang.
The US president told reporters on Air Force One en route to Asia that North Korea would figure prominently in discussions. He also singled out trade, which he said had been "badly handled" in the region for years.
Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un have traded increasingly threatening and personal insults as Pyongyang races towards its goal of developing a nuclear- tipped missile capable of reaching the US.
"I hope this will be of benefit to all, it will be great if we can work for this great nation and for all", added Trump, who arrived today in Japan. "Every once a while in the past they underestimated us".
It comes after a series of missile and nuclear tests in the past few months, a sharp escalation from recent years.
"The U.S. should not expect us to make any change".
'We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our freedom, ' Trump said. He said a decision would be made soon on whether to add North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism.
'We want to get it solved.
"This is a country that grew out of the total devastation of the Korean War, and over a matter of six, seven decades we've become a thriving democracy. and a thriving market economy", the foreign minister said.
A U.S. ground invasion of North Korea could cost "millions" of lives, a new military report has predicted amid growing tensions between the USA and the hermit nation. He said of the 300,000 people who could potentially die in the initial days, more than 100,000 could be Americans.
Trump did not wait for an official address to launch a verbal attack against North Korea.
'There is only one way that this war ends.
But the base visit will give him a first-hand view not only of the massive military assets the United States has in place in South Korea but also could serve as a reminder of the cost in USA military lives - as well as the potential massive South Korean civilian losses - if the current crisis spirals into war.
South Korea plans to capitalize on the country's hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics to secure global support and the momentum to improve relations with North Korea and denuclearize the country, she added.
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