Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

North Korea, Syria and Ukraine

North Korea, Syria and Ukraine

US President Donald Trump told reporters on his way to Japan on Saturday that he expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his Asian tour.

"Another war on the Korean Peninsula must not happen", Kang Kyung-wha said during an interview with Lester Holt in Seoul that will air Monday on "NBC Nightly News".

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

According to the Washington Post, Pentagon officials have warned that the only way to locate and secure North Korea's nuclear weapons sites would be via a ground invasion.

The Congressman raised doubts about the ways in which Trump has dealt with the growing threat from the Kim regime. The White House later described the notion that the US had declared war "absurd". It's a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved, ' he said.

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

The amount of casualties would differ depending on the advance warning and the ability of USA and South Korea forces to counter these attacks, he said. "The idea that another war could wipe that out is just unimaginable". Some 28,000 American troops are stationed in the country.

He also pointed out that Seoul, the South's capital with a population of 25 million, is just 35 miles from the demilitarized zone. South Korea's foreign minister made similar remarks during a parliament committee meeting earlier last week.

Meanwhile, South Korea has also begun tightening its measures against the Pyongyang by implementing sanctions against 18 North Koreans. Former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho warned USA lawmakers that they would "press the button without further instructions" and suggested that military action against Kim would nearly certainly result in a catastrophic number of civilian casualties.

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

At the very least, millions of people would die in this sort of war.

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. On Sept. 3, Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test.

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates North Korea has between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including a large supply of VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever created.

In Japan earlier Monday, Trump called Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions and weapons tests a "threat to the civilized world and worldwide peace and stability".

The next stop was a golfing date with his "friend" Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, with whom he enjoys a close personal relationship.

Trump has previously said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with Kim, belittling previous negotiation efforts and adding that "only one thing will work".

"Amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the letter notes the difficulty of establishing the "'best- or worst-case casualty scenarios'" should war break out with North Korea, given the proximity of South Korean capital Seoul to the de-militarised zone and uncertainty over how much warning the US would have of a North Korean attack.

'There is only one way that this war ends.

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