Recently, a retired US Air Force Brigadier General, Rob Givens, said that the potential war between the United States and North Korea could cause the death of up to 20,000 South Korean nationals every day.
“Too many Americans have the view that (war with North Korea) would be like the invasion of Iraq or Afghanistan, or like combat operations in Libya or Syria, but it wouldn’t remotely resemble that,” said Givens, who had spent four years stationed on the Korean Peninsula.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a retired Navy Admiral, James Stavridis explained that the chances of a conventional conflict with North Korea were 50/50, and the war could be triggered if the regime’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un launches a missile which lands on or near the US island territory of Guam.
To counter attack, US aircraft carriers would then retaliate with an air strike on a coastal launch facility of Pyongyang, and the regime would most likely respond to the attack by using its 11,000 artillery units to ‘wipe out’ all the 35,000 US troops stationed in North Korea.
The second move by North Korea will eventually hit on Seoul’s 25 million population as the conflict escalates.
US National Security Adviser, H R McMaster revealed that the US Department of Defence has conducted military simulations in order to find a number of ways (four or five) to resolve the conflict.
However, he stressed that there is not a single ‘precision strike’ or military blockade that could solve the problem.
“What we hope to do is avoid war, but we cannot discount that possibility,” he said at an event in Washington hosted by the Institute for the Study of War.
Earlier this week, North Korea’s Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-ho considered the US declared war on Pyongyang after President Donald Trump made a controversial statement, saying that the regime’s “leadership would not be around much longer”.
The official then threatened to shoot down American aircraft from international airspace.
‘Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country,” Ri said.
However, the White House dismissed North Korea’s claims that Trump had “declared war” on them.
“We’ve not declared war on North Korea. Frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.