Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Trump could face thorny issues on South Korea visit

Independent Alliance TD John Halligan and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Independent Alliance TD John Halligan and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Saul Franklin | 07 November, 2017, 01:07

Here's a look at some of them.

"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.

Tensions have soared over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in recent months, goaded by Trump and Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-Un's fiery exchanges of insults and warnings of conflict.

Trump labelled Moon's dovish approach to North Korea as "appeasement" on Twitter, a comment that did not go down well in Seoul's presidential Blue House.

In a June article in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the military historian Reid Kirby said the types of artillery along the demilitarized zone, and vulnerability of children and the elderly, meant that a North Korean attack using the nerve agent Sarin could kill as many as 2.5 million people in Seoul and injure millions more.

Increasing animosity would be a burden for Moon.

A key US ally, South Korea is home to more than 50 million people. Trump has criticized the deal as a source of the USA trade deficit with South Korea, an argument officials there dismiss. "And giving guests a warm reception is our country's long held tradition, and it will allow us to reconfirm the powerful alliance between the United States and South Korea". "And that's very important to me", Trump told reporters.

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The two countries eventually started talks this summer on renegotiating the deal, which went into effect five years ago.

Without "distinguished leadership", North Korea would have "fallen a victim to the invasion by the barbarous US imperialists".

"We are working to counter the unsafe aggressions of the regime in North Korea", Trump said, according to Express. With North Korea's defeat - but at what cost?,' Givens said.

The letter was a response to a request to Defense Secretary James Mattis from Lieu and Gallego, in which they requested estimated Pentagon casualty figures from a war with North Korea.

"Somehow or another it requires cooperation", Peskov said. South Korea's foreign minister made similar remarks during a parliament committee meeting earlier last week.

"We may have a meeting with Putin", he said.

'A classified briefing would be the best place to discuss in detail the capability of the United States and its allies to discuss capabilities to counter North Korea's ability to respond with a nuclear weapon and eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons located in deeply buried, underground facilities, ' he said.

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