Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Better to Accept North Korea as Nuclear Armed than Ignite a Nuclear War, says Former US Intel Chief


(Photo : KCNA) Launch of a Hwasong-10 IRBM from which the Hwasong-12 seems to have been derived.

An attack by the United States on North Korea's nuclear weapons production facilities will not only fail to destroy all those facilities but will ignite a nuclear war that will destroy both North and South Korea.

Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) under President Barack Obama, argues that because a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula will be "tragic on an unbelievable scale," the best and only option for the U.S. is to accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state.

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Adm. Blair's startling comments come as the U.S. has accelerated obvious preparations for a punitive precision strike on North Korea's nuclear facilities.

There are clear signs of a massive build-up of U.S. naval and air power within striking distance of the Korean Peninsula over the past few months.

The U.S. Navy nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) will soon join another navy carrier, the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and its Carrier Strike Group One (CSG-1). The Reagan's Carrier Strike Group 5 (CSG-5) is the navy's largest and most powerful carrier strike group.

Both carrier strike groups are expected to patrol in the Sea of Japan (or the East Sea) to the east of the Korean Peninsula and await orders for action.

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters of the U.S. Marine Corps deployed to Japan are also on alert. U.S. government representatives are expected to brief Guam on civil defense, terrorism, and Korea on May 31, an ominous sign since North Korea has missiles capable of reaching Guam.

Adm. Blair said there is absolutely no way for the U.S. to safely knock out all of North Korea's nuclear facilities in one attack.

"If I were to run the national intelligence again and the president comes to me and says, 'Here is General Mattis' strike plan, and can you ensure me that this will take out of all the North Korea nuclear capabilities?' it won't be easy to say yes," said Adm. Blair.

He said that before he'd support an attack on North Korea, he'd accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state.

Military experts say the idea of eliminating the threat from North Korea with a single strike or a series of strikes is a dream.  North Korea will respond to a U.S. attack with a stupendous missile and artillery barrage directed at Seoul, slaughtering thousands of South Korean civilians and igniting the Second Korea War.

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