Num­bers favour North Korea

Sunday Herald Sun - - NEWS -

“WE could lose against North Korea.”

It’s not some­thing starspan­gled US power­bro­kers would want to hear.

Nor is it easy to com­pre­hend, given the highly vis­i­ble tech­ni­cal ad­van­tage US air, naval and ground forces en­joy over Kim Jong-un’s largely eclec­tic mix of equip­ment.

But ac­cord­ing to re­tired lieu­tenant gen­eral Jan-Marc Jouas, num­bers have a qual­ity of their own. And the for­mer deputy com­man­der of US Forces in Korea warns that when it comes to US and al­lied forces in the re­gion, scratch the sur­face and things may be­gin to fall apart.

His leaked let­ter to mem­bers of Congress comes shortly af­ter US Pen­tagon of­fi­cials warned it would take a ground in­va­sion of North Korea to de­stroy its nu­clear arse­nal.

And US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has re­peat­edly left open the op­tion of open war­fare with Py­onyang, threat­en­ing it with “to­tal de­struc­tion” if forced to de­fend South Korea or Ja­pan.

US troops “are vastly out­num­bered by North Korean forces, as well as (al­lied) forces that will con­duct the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the fight­ing”, Retd. gen­eral Jouas writes in a leaked let­ter to mem­bers of US Congress.

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