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South Korea: ‘High probability’ of conflict with North

The South Korean government appears to understand the growing threat it and the U.S. face from the North’s nuclear and missile programs

(National SentinelDefense: And in other news not related to the Washington media meltdown over anything and everything President Donald J. Trump says and does, there are real problems in the world that they keeping him – and our allies – from dealing with.

One of the biggest is North Korea.

Whether the South Korean government was trying to send a message to Pyongyang and the world or just being open and honest, officials there say that war with their northern neighbor in the coming weeks or months is a significant possibility.

As reported by Reuters:

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday there was a “high possibility” of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programs it says it needs to counter U.S. aggression.

The comments came hours after the South, which hosts 28,500 U.S. troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as Moon seeks a two-track policy, involving sanctions and dialogue, to try to rein in its neighbor.

North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally.

“The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line,” Moon was quoted as saying by the presidential Blue House.

One notable to mention is that Moon is no warmongering hawk; he’s a liberal, as evidenced by his willingness to once again pursue ‘dialogue’ with the North, despite the fact that no amount of diplomacy over the past two decades has managed to convince the North to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

But because he is leader of a country sharing the most heavily fortified border on the planet, he also must be a realist: The capital of Seoul is well within range of North Korean guns and missiles, and it would likely be one of the North’s first targets in an initial exchange of fire.

The Trump administration appears to understand that the window for dealing with a North Korea that has yet to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM is closing – rapidly. South Korean leaders appear to understand that, as well.

 

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