North Korea could also retaliate with biological and chemical weapons, the details of which would be best discussed in a classified setting, the letter added. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) to provide assessments of the expected casualties and possible military operations in the event of a conflict with North Korea.
To be clear, many analysts believe if there were a military conflict against North Korea, the USA and South Korea would win within a matter of weeks.
Noting the importance of bringing to light the severity of risk due to an all-out war with a nuclear-capable state, the two lawmakers in their request for information observed that "a decision to attack or invade another country will have ramifications for our troops and taxpayers, as well as the region, for decades", particularly in the South Korean capital of Seoul, an area home to some 25 million people, cited by Tampabay.com.
That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea.
In a joint statement issued Saturday, 15 Democratic lawmakers and one Republican- all military veterans - called the assessment that a ground invasion would be required to destroy the North's nuclear arsenal "deeply disturbing" and that such an action 'could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting'.
The new findings come just as Donald Trump embarks on his first tour of Asia which is seeing him visit South Korea.
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Lieu told The Washington Post "it's important for people to understand what a war with a nuclear power would look like".
With that info in mind, a bipartisan group in Congress believes there are no good military options and has urged the president to "stop making provocative statements that hinder diplomatic options".
A t a speech Sunday at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Japan, Trump rallied the American service members and assured United States allies in the region that he had their backs in the face of the rogue regime's threats.
'Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us.
Korea's continuing efforts to expand its missile and nuclear weapons programs will be a main topic. Trump has previously dismissed DPRK leader Kim Jong Un as a "little rocket man" on a suicide mission. It was not pleasant for them, was it?
" Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities, said Trump, who was wearing a military-style bomber jacket".