Grim cost predicted in effort to destroy North Korea's nukes

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As part of the 12-day trip, Trump will also visit South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. "Much of the available data is drawn from scant intelligence estimates issued by the US, Russian, and South Korean governments, most of these estimates over a decade old", wrote Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley, an associate professor in the biodefense program at George Mason University, in July. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned in April that North Korea could target Japan with a missile loaded with Sarin, a highly toxic nerve agent.

'Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. "The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly over Japanese territory are a threat to the civilized world and worldwide peace and stability".

Dumont noted that the USA is evaluating North Korea's ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles. The visit would see the president discuss the escalating nuclear threat from Pyongyang as part of worldwide dialogue between him and the respective world leaders. "We will not stand for that, the era of strategic patience is over". "Last year, President Barack Obama and then-Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter gave U.S. Special Operations Command a new, leading role coordinating the Pentagon's effort to counter weapons of mass destruction".

This contrasts with Trump, who has threatened the North with "fire and fury" and exchanged warlike rhetoric with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was not pleasant for them, was it?

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"We are working to counter the unsafe aggressions of the regime in North Korea", Trump said, according to Express.

"We remain postured to respond in the event of a provocation or conflict, and we have taken all appropriate measures to protect our allies, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, and U.S. Forces in those countries", the letter reads.

Meanwhile, South Korea has also begun tightening its measures against the Pyongyang by implementing sanctions against 18 North Koreans.

A report by the Congressional Research Service released last month estimates that as many as 25 million people on either side of the border, including more than 100,000 USA citizens, could be affected by an escalation of a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula. While they would offer protection against North Korea's conventional weapons, they are not created to withstand a nuclear or chemical attack.