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Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Korea imposes sanctions on 18 North Koreans

Korea imposes sanctions on 18 North Koreans

Dumont's letter comes in response to a request for information for "expected casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea", spearheaded by Democratic House members Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). In the past, the U.S. President has made thinly veiled threats against the country.

Pentagon's assessment of the situation received a reaction from sixteen lawmakers - all military veterans.

The group of politicians, comprising of 15 Democrats and one Republican, described the assessment as "deeply disturbing" and said such an action "could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting". The document adds that a massive and protracted ground war would be disastrous for USA troops and allies. The Order, EO 13810, adds to the existing US embargo of North Korea by authorising the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to impose blocking sanctions against any person found to be participating in any one of numerous specified trade activities with or in the country. "Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for USA troops and US civilians in South Korea", the statement said.

Mr. Lieu believed that these statements would only put "American troops further at risk".

Also obscuring casualty estimates is uncertainty about how much advanced warning the USA would have before a potential attack by Pyongyang, Rear Adm. Michael Dumont, the vice director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, wrote. In addition, the Pentagon also said that the errant nation could also have a chemical weapons stockpile.

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

On the question of the victims, Dumont points out that the number will depend largely on the nature, intensity and duration of a possible North Korean attack. It also suggests that a classified briefing would be required to evaluate how the US and allied forces might eliminate the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

The Trump administration has prepared a range of military options while it simultaneously tries to find a diplomatic solution to the problem.

Trump has rattled some allies with his vow to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the United States and his dismissal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

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