United States ground invasion of North Korea could cost 'millions' of lives

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The president has threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea and warned that he may be forced to "totally destroy" the rogue state. "We will not stand for that, the era of strategic patience is over".

"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".

At the very least, millions of people would die in this sort of war. It was not pleasant for them, was it?

US President Donald Trump said after landing in Asia for his longest official foreign trip, he believed the improvement of the US bilateral trade relations with China was necessary, Sputnik reported. The U.S. has no energy to prevent it. "And we will", Trump told journalists on board Air Force one, after having landed in Tokyo.

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Trump was due to arrive early Tuesday in Seoul - where the subject of how to tackle North Korea's totalitarian dictator is expected to be at the top of the agenda. "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.

His administration also planned to take a different approach to dealing with the issue after years of what he termed "total weakness", although he did not give any details.

Putin and Trump first met at a G20 summit in Hamburg in July, but relations between Moscow and Washington have since soured following further allegations of Russian meddling in the USA election.

The claim was made in September by a retired Air Force general who said the figure was estimated based on a conventional war scenario and did not include potential use of nuclear weapons.

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

North Korea has said in public statements that it wants an official end to the Korean War.

China's fuel exports to North Korea fell in August, along with iron ore imports from the isolated nation, as trade slowed after the latest UN sanctions, but coal shipments resumed after a five-month hiatus.

In June, the Treasury Department declared the Bank of Dandong a "primary money laundering concern" for serving as a gateway for North Korea to access the U.S. and worldwide financial systems despite USA and United Nations sanctions.

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