The “only way” for the United States to fully dismantle North Korea’s nuclear apparatus is to carry out a ground invasion that would depose the Kim Jong Un regime and eradicate any traces of the rogue nation’s nuclear capabilities, the Pentagon determined in a recent report.
The analysis was transmitted via letter from Rear Admiral Michael Dumont on behalf of the Pentagon Chiefs of Staff to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) in response to an inquiry about the roiling conflict between the U.S. and North Korea.
“The only way to ‘locate and destroy – with complete certainty – all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs’ is through a ground invasion,” Dumont wrote, noting that a classified setting would be “the best venue for a detailed discussion of our capabilities” to defend against counterattacks and seek hidden weapons caches.
Dumont also outlined the threat posed by North Korea’s “long-standing chemical weapons (CW) program with the capability to produce nerve, blister, blood, and choking agents.”
“North Korea probably could employ CW agents by modifying a variety of conventional munitions, including artillery and ballistic missiles, though whether it would so employ CW agents remains an open question,” he wrote.
In a joint statement, a group of military veteran congressman pointed to the report as an indication of the kind of danger that “could result in hundreds of thousands or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting.”
“Their assessment underscores what we’ve known all along: there are no good military options for North Korea,” the lawmakers said. “The President needs to stop making provocative statements that hinder diplomatic options and put American troops further at risk.”
They also called for increased transparency as to what a U.S.-North Korea armed conflict would entail when it comes to loss of life and economic impact, among other factors.
During a visit to Japan on Saturday, President Donald Trump reassured the world about the U.S.’s indomitable strength.
“History has proven over and over that the road of the tyrant is a steady march towards poverty, suffering, and servitude,” he said. “But the path of the strong nations and free peoples, certain of their values and confident of their futures, is a proven path to prosperity and peace.”
“We dominate the sky. We dominate the sea. We dominate the land and space,” he assured.