In North Korea, ‘Surgical Strike’ Could Spin Into ‘Worst Kind of Fighting’

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In North Korea, ‘Surgical Strike’ Could Spin Into ‘Worst Kind of Fighting’

South Korean soldiers in the border-straddling village of Panmunjom on the Demilitarized Zone in April. Nearly half of the South’s population lives within 50 miles of the border, well within the range of some of the North’s artillery. Credit Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Articolo tratto da The New York Times By MOTOKO RICHJULY 5, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — The standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program has long been shaped by the view that the United States has no viable military option to destroy it. Any attempt to do so, many say, would provoke a brutal counterattack against South Korea too bloody and damaging to risk.

That remains a major constraint on the Trump administration’s response even as North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, approaches his goal of a nuclear arsenal capable of striking the United States. On Tuesday, the North appeared to cross a new threshold, testing a weapon that it described as an intercontinental ballistic missile and that analysts said could potentially hit Alaska.

Over the years, as it does for potential crises around the world, the Pentagon has drafted and refined multiple war plans, including an enormous retaliatory invasion and limited pre-emptive attacks,

South Korean soldiers in the border-straddling village of Panmunjom on the Demilitarized Zone in April. Nearly half of the South’s population lives within 50 miles of the border, well within the range of some of the North’s artillery. Credit Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

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