The U.S. would "utterly destroy" the North Korean military in a war,
army's top uniformed official said on Thursday.
Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley warned, however, that war in
peninsula would be "highly deadly," bearing a high cost in terms of
infrastructure and economic fallout.
"War in the Korean peninsula would be terrible, however a nuclear
detonating in Los Angeles would be [even more] terrible," Milley said
speech to the National Press Club in Washington, about America's
threats. "North Korea is the single, most-dangerous threat facing the
international community and the U.S. today"
In the past year, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un has test-fired 28
missiles, which is more than his father and grandfather during their
Since the test launch of what U.S. experts believe to be an
ballistic missile (ICBM) with the potential of reaching Alaska on July
Korean state media have talked up the country's nuclear strength,
threatening a "pre-emptive nuclear strike" to the "heart" of the U.S.
Milley warned that, given Pyongyang's progress with it's ICBM testing,
to stop North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons, a key point in the
security strategy, had shortened significantly.
"Time is running out, North Korea is extremely dangerous and it gets
dangerous as time goes by," he said.
Milley said he did not think there were any good options when
measures to contain the threat from North Korea.
"Choices will have to be made, one way or the other. None of these
particularly palatable, none of them are good. The consequences of
nothing is not good, the consequences of accepting them with a nuclear
that can strike at the United States is not good, the consequences of
conflict is not good, the consequences of a collapsed North Korea is
"But it does not relieve us of the responsibility of choice. We are
have to make conscious decisions that are going to have significant
consequences," he added.
"... A liberal is a man who leaves the room when a fight begins."