Pyongyang, December 18 (KCNA) -- Such opinion that Trump might order a preemptive attack on the DPRK is widely spreading among former and incumbent officials of the U.S. administration, media and experts recently.
Those concerned of the U.S. Department of Defense think that the
possibility of an armed clash on the Korean peninsula with a U.S.
preemptive attack next year is 40 to 50 percent, and some former
officials of the Department of State comment that the possibility of a
war between the DPRK and the U.S. is more than it.
Recalling Trump's recent special meeting with some hard-liners insisting
on a preemptive attack on the DPRK, U.S. media are claiming "the war
chariot of the Trump administration began to move" and "it is
reminiscent of the Bush administration preparing for a war against
In view of the present situation, there is widespread concern and
criticism among Americans that "if a war with north Korea breaks out, a
disaster more terrible than the one during the Second World War might be
brought to the U.S. mainland" and "it will cause such a disastrous
result as killing of up to two million in the U.S., south Korea and
Former Rear Admiral Michael Smith and 57 other ex-generals of the U.S.
army sent an official letter to Trump on Dec. 13 in opposition to his
war scenario, claiming military action of the U.S. and its allies may
invite immediate retaliatory shelling by north Korea which would cause
hundreds of thousands of casualties. Military action will only put in
peril the lives of 150 000 Americans living in south Korea and the U.S.
is bound to be involved in the war which might be prevented, they added.
Charles V. Pena, former director of the Defense Policy Institute of the
Cato Institute in a commentary he contributed to the international
relations magazine National Interest asserted a total war with the DPRK
will bring very critical consequences.
Recalling the claim made by the commander of the U.S. forces in south
Korea in 1994 when Clinton considered the use of force against the
DPRK's nuclear program, he noted:
The commander claimed that if a war with the DPRK breaks out, it will
cause at least one million casualties and economic loss of one trillion
US dollars. Even a limited attack on the DPRK's nuclear missile bases
will not be accepted by it as a limited one. To think the DPRK would
remain passive toward the attack is a pipedream. Such attack will only
entail strong retaliation by it.
A professor of the U.S. asked Trump as to whether he, as reasonable
president, can unleash a war against Pyongyang although he knows that it
can launch a missile tipped with nuclear warhead before the U.S.
forces' air strike reaches it.
The results of the opinion poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC
found that at least 70 percent of the respondents said no to the
preemptive strike and 82 percent of them expressed serious concern that
military attack would spill over into a large-scale war.
The U.S. magazine News Week reported the opinion poll results that two
third of the Americans remain averse to the war with the DPRK.
The public opinion opposed to the preemptive attack is getting stronger
in the U.S. It can be viewed as a sort of advice that the U.S.
administration should drop the adventurous and risky way of thinking and
boldly make a U-turn in its policy toward the DPRK.
The right to preemptive attack is not exclusive to the U.S. The U.S.
should cool-headedly face up to the reality that the iron-willed DPRK's
preemptive nuclear attack against provocateurs is just not hot air. -0-