A full-scale, conventional war against North Korea would devastate the Korean Peninsula. Military experts predict North Korean forces will pour into the South quickly in a bid to maintain their momentum and choke off the South Korean capital of Seoul. Meanwhile, U.S. forces, fighting alongside their South Korean partners on land, in the air and from the sea, are expected to mobilize in full force to fend off against the North’s soldiers and artillery.
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Military Times: War with North Korea: An inside look at how U.S. troops would respond worldwide
The Trump administration sees no good military options in North Korea.
The rogue regime’s missile tests are growing more frequent, and Kim Jong-Un is closer than ever to being able to deliver a nuclear-tipped missile to the United States’ West Coast.
Yet given Seoul’s proximity to the border, military leaders fear that any preemptive strike would almost certainly set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events resulting in profound loss of life.
Recently, the military has taken a back seat to the State Department, where U.S. officials continue to push diplomatic and economic measures, hopeful, with the help of China, it can pressure the regime to halt its provocations voluntarily.
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WNU Editor: No sugar-coating on how long such a war would last. Absent any agreement to end the fighting, air and naval assets will get into the fight ASAP, but it will take more than a year before U.S. ground forces can have an impact on land.