War-Craft: Pentagon assesses repercussions of potential nuclear war

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2017

Speaking to CNN overnight, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the assessment "bleak", but added that she was pleased that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was accompanying President Donald Trump during his trip to Asia, where North Korea is the main issue on the agenda.

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".

Dumont's letter came in response to questions by U.S. Reps.

The Pentagon said calculating "best-or worst-case casualty scenarios" was challenging and would depend on the "nature, intensity and duration" of a North Korean attack; how much warning civilians would have to get to the shelters in South Korea; and the ability of US and South Korean forces to respond to North Korean artillery, rockets and missiles.

Mr Dumont also highlighted the possibility that chemical and biological weapons might be used by the North in case of a conflict.

'It is our intent to have a full public accounting of the potential cost of war, so the American people understand the commitment we would be making as a nation if we were to pursue military action, ' the lawmakers said.

The risks involved included a potential nuclear counter-attack by North Korea while U.S. forces attempted to disable its "deeply buried, underground facilities", he said. On Oct. 10, U.S., Japanese and South Korean forces "sharpened their combat skills" when two B-1Bs flew in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan east of North Korea and conducted night training with fighter jets from the other two nations, Pacific Air Forces said.

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.

The global community has been ramping up pressure on North Korea after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test so far on September 3.

Recent drills over South Korea by two United States strategic bombers have further raised tensions.

The report detailing the prospect of war on the Korean peninsula comes as Trump embarks on Asia tour.

'With that in mind, the thought of sending troops into harm's way and expending resources on another potentially unwinnable war is chilling.

"It could kill millions of South Koreans and put troops and civilians in Guam and Japan at risk", they stated Monday.

The congressmen said, as veterans, they have defended the nation and remain committed to the country's security.

Some 20,000 South Koreans would die every day in the event of a US-North Korean war, according to alleged calculations made by the Pentagon. "The Joint Chiefs of Staff, it appears, agree".

A U.S. ground invasion of North Korea could cost "millions" of lives, a new military report has predicted amid growing tensions between the United States and the hermit nation.

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