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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP LIEU RELEASES LETTER FROM FORMER DEPUTY COMMANDER OF US FORCES KOREA ON HIS ASSESSMENT OF WAR WITH NORTH KOREA

November 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) released the following letter from Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, the former Deputy Commander of US Forces Korea, outlining the operational challenges of a war with North Korea.

In the letter, Lt. Gen. Jouas writes:

  •   “This threat was the most dangerous I’d faced since the end of the Cold War, and planning for it the most challenging problem I’d encountered in my 35-year career.”
  •  “The 28,500 US Armed Forces personnel in South Korea are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces, as well as ROK forces that will conduct the overwhelming majority of the fighting.”
  •  “Unlike every conflict since the last Korean War, we will not be able to build up our forces prior to the start of hostilities.”
  •  “During that time an enormous casualty and evacuee crisis will develop and include over a hundred thousand non-combatant Americans”

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE