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War With Kim Jong Un 'Must Not Happen,' South Korea Says

War With Kim Jong Un 'Must Not Happen,' South Korea Says

Pentagon official Rear Admiral Michael J Dumont of the Joint Staff revealed that a ground invasion would be the only way to secure the peninsular, sparking concern from Congressmen from both sides of the aisle.

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.

Thousands of South Koreans called for peace in a protest against an upcoming visit by US President Donald Trump as he begins a two-week Asia tour amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

While the joint military drills between the US and South Korea that both sides say are defensive in nature they enrage South Korea's neighbor to the north - Pyongyang views them as practice for an eventual invasion.

President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that "no dictator" should underestimate USA resolve. "It's given North Korea a reason to say, 'Hey, we need a bomb, because if we don't have a bomb we're going to not be able to protect ourselves and they'll come after us [sic]'".

North Korea's recent actions, including several missiles that overflew Japan and Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test, have raised the stakes in the most critical global challenge of Trump's presidency.

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"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities... every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us". It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

Earlier in September, Donald Trump had pledged that the United States will sell more highly sophisticated weapons to Japan and South Korea to counter North Korea's threat. The president joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan on Sunday and Monday, enjoying a casual burger lunch and golf - and discussing the nuclear crisis.

Trump is on the first leg of his five-nation trip to South Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, and the Philippines.

"This is a country that grew out of the total devastation of the Korean War, and over a matter of six, seven decades we've become a thriving democracy. and a thriving market economy", the foreign minister said.

The exercises, according to US Forces Korea, are created to "highlight the longstanding military partnership" between the two countries and improve stability and security on the Korean Peninsula. It will also further step up cooperation with its neighbor to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue in a peaceful manner, she noted.

Abe said he agreed that now is not the time for direct talks with North Korea, but rather for a strengthening of sanctions against Pyongyang.

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