US war plans included using nukes on N Korea: Panetta

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  1. sorcerer

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    Former CIA chief and defense secretary Leon Panetta says US war plans against North Korea involve the use of nuclear weapons should communist forces pour across the demilitarized zone (DMZ), dividing North and South Korea.

    In his new memoir “Worthy Fights,” Panetta recalls a 2010 briefing in Seoul by General Walter L. “Skip” Sharp, the commander of US forces in South Korea, who apprised him of the plans, according to Newsweek.

    “If North Korea moved across the border, our war plans called for the senior American general on the peninsula to take command of all U.S. and South Korea forces and defend South Korea— including by the use of nuclear weapons, if necessary,” the former Pentagon chief writes.

    Panetta says he left that meeting with “the powerful sense that war in that region was neither hypothetical nor remote.”

    Richard Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center in Washington, DC told Newsweek that while he was surprised by Panetta’s remarks, he believed US officials have likely discussed the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea.

    The United States first deployed tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula in 1958, though their presence did not become public knowledge until the mid-1970s.

    The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of escalating military tension since the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953. No peace deal has been signed since then, meaning that North and South Korea remain technically at war.
    In essence if NoKo misbehaves and escaltes undue tension it wont be called NoKo anymore but Nuko. Doesnt USA have better containment measures, equipment and against Not so technically advanced NoKo!!

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