US believed it would ‘undoubtedly win’ war with North Korea in 1994 – but with huge casualties

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US believed it would ‘undoubtedly win’ war with North Korea in 1994 – but with huge casualties
  • Declassified document predicted massive losses for US and South
  • Pyongyang has since made dramatic strides in nuclear and missile technology

Declassified documents published on Friday show that the United States believed its military and South Korea’s forces would “undoubtedly win” a conflict on the divided Korean peninsula, during a 1994 standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

But long before North Korea had developed nuclear weapons, the Pentagon estimated that some 490,000 South Korean service members and 52,000 US personnel would be killed or wounded in the first three months of any conflict.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/08/pentagon-believed-it-would-undoubtedly-win-war-with-north-korea-in-1994

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