Trump Praised the North Koreans as "Great People"

Pentagon official Rear Admiral Michael J Dumont of the Joint Staff revealed that a ground invasion would be the only way to secure the peninsular, sparking concern from Congressmen from both sides of the aisle.

The letter was sent from the US Defence Department regarding the prospects of war on the Korean peninsula in response form a request from 2 members of the US Congress seeking details regarding "expected casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea" for US and allied forces in Japan, South Korea and Guam as well as civilians.

South Korea announced new unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang - the first under President Moon Jae-In - on Monday, a day before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul on an Asian tour dominated by the North's nuclear programme.

A statement by 16 lawmakers, released simultaneously with the Pentagon letter, urged President Donald Trump to stop making "provocative statements" that impede diplomatic efforts and risk the lives of United States troops, the paper said.

"We expect this will contribute to blocking North Korea's main sources of foreign exchange and its developing of weapons of mass destruction".

"We aim to encourage people to avoid problematic transactions with North Korea (through these sanctions) and to exercise caution with North Korea-related transactions in general", said Unification Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun in a regular media briefing. "Every once a while in the past they underestimated us". It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

Trump will steer clear of the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) zone on the border between the two Koreas - where other USA presidents have visited - a move that might have been seen by North Korea as more of a provocation. Trump is looking to present a united front with Japan against North Korea through meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It's a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved, ' he said.

"Any operation to pursue North Korean nuclear weapons would likely be spearheaded by U.S. Special Operations troops", it added. He said of the 300,000 people who could potentially die in the initial days, more than 100,000 could be Americans.

Trump is seeking to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang following a visit to Tokyo, where he said on Monday that America was working to counter North Korea's "dangerous aggressions" and talked about Japan being able to shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" once it completes purchases of USA military equipment. With North Korea's defeat - but at what cost?,' Givens said.

'There is only one way that this war ends.

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