David Shear, former senior US defense official for East Asia under former president Barack Obama, told Reuters on Friday, any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate a nuclear war, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War 2.
"It would be very difficult to eliminate that threat before the artillery fire could create a lot of damage on the southern side."
"I take projections of casualties of thousands to tens of thousands quite seriously and that's just in South Korea - it's possible North Korea could attack Japan as well."
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