Source: Asia Time
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare South Korea’s capital Seoul from a brutal counterattack but he declined to elaborate. His comments follow those of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday, when she said the UN Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea’s nuclear program and that the US might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon. Seoul is within artillery range of North Korea, which beyond nuclear and conventional weapons is also believed to have a sizable chemical and biological arsenal. Asked whether there were any military options the United States could take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk, Mattis said: “Yes there are. But I will not go into details.” The 1950-53 Korean War was one of the deadliest in modern history, killing millions of Koreans, most of them civilians, and tens of thousands of US and Chinese troops, as well as soldiers from other countries who fought under the UN banner. The conflict, often referred to as The Forgotten War, ended in an armed truce, not a peace treaty.