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Military action against North Korea 'not unimaginable': Dunford

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The top US military officer has raised the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea over its nuclear program, which he described as “our No. 1 challenge.”

"As I've told my counterparts, both friend and foe, it is not unimaginable to have military options to respond to North Korean nuclear capability,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a security conference on Saturday.

Dunford stressed the importance of continued economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang, but dismissed the notion that a military option should not be on the table.

"Many people have talked about military options with words like 'unimaginable,'" he said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. "I would probably shift that slightly and say it would be horrific, and it would be a loss of life unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes.”

“What's unimaginable to me is allowing a capability that would allow a nuclear weapon to land in Denver, Colorado. That's unimaginable to me. So my job will be to develop military options to make sure that doesn't happen," the general stated.



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