American troops would be totally outnumbered and at risk of LOSING a war to North Korea’s 1.2million soldiers, warns top commander
- North Korea has 1.2million troops ready to fight compared to 28,000 US soldiers in the region and South Korea’s 490,000 service personnel
- If war broke out it could take months for reinforcements to arrive and leave American forces badly outnumbered, potentially leading to defeat
- Warning issued by former US commander in Korea in a letter to politicians
- Comes as three US carrier groups conduct drills in the region
Published: 10:59 GMT, 13 November 2017 | Updated: 15:16 GMT, 13 November 2017
American troops would find themselves badly outnumbered and at risk of defeat if war suddenly broke out with North Korea.
That is the stark warning issued by Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas, the former deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, in a letter to Democrats this month.
Jouas cautioned that it would take days or months for reinforcements to reach the region, leaving 28,000 American troops and 490,000 South Korean soldiers to fend off 1.2million North Korean fighters.