US Pacific Commander: Pyongyang’s Actions Could Justify Invasion of North Korea

Thursday, April 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday, US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr. refused to take an American invasion of North Korea off the table, as Pyongyang has already “provided provocation” to justify such an invasion, the District Sentinel reported.

In an exchange charitably describable as awkward, Harris was asked by South Carolina Republican and SASC member Lindsey Graham, “Is it fair to say, we do not have any intention of invading North Korea at all? Nobody has told you get ready to invade North Korea.”

“That is not fair to say, sir,” Harris answered, probably not the reply Graham was hoping for. “I believe the president has said that all options are on the table.”

“Yeah, but I mean we’re not just going to go in and take North Korea down for the heck of it,” Graham said.

Harris: “I don’t want to get into what we could or couldn’t do.”

“Well North Korea thinks we’re going to invade at any moment. Do you think that’s part of our national security strategy – without provocation to attack North Korea?” Graham asked.

“I think North Korea has provided provocation already,” Harris said.

Graham then addressed the North Koreans directly: “In case North Korea’s listening, none of us want to invade your country … All this military force going that way is to deter them from being able to protect us and protect our allies. We’re trying to deter them from hurting us, we’re not sending a bunch of people over there to invade their country without provocation.”

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