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USFK Chief Warns of Instability in N.Korea
The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo

Posted on 03/25/2010 9:04:34 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp has warned of sudden regime collapse in North Korea and called for urgent preparation for such an eventuality. Sharp was speaking at a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

"We would also be mindful of the potential for instability in North Korea," he said. "Combined with the country's disastrous centralized economy, dilapidated industrial sector, insufficient agricultural base, malnourished military and populace, and developing nuclear programs, the possibility of a sudden leadership change in the North could be destabilizing and unpredictable."

South Korea and the U.S. are ready for any kind of contingency, he said, including local skirmishes, humanitarian support operations, and even the elimination of the North's weapons of mass destruction.

Commenting on the North's nuclear program, he said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's strategic goal is to survive and maintain the regime, and that his pursuit of the nuclear weapons program is the key part in this strategy. The North's nuclear program is now believed to have extracted enough plutonium to make several nuclear weapons, Sharp added.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhoasia; fifth100days; koreanpeninsula; nknukes; nkorea; northkorea; pacificcommand; southkorea; usfk; waltersharp

1 posted on 03/25/2010 9:04:35 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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2 posted on 03/25/2010 9:08:05 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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Hmmmm, I wonder what lengths Obama will go to prop up his pals in North Korea?

3 posted on 03/25/2010 9:08:23 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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4 posted on 03/25/2010 9:09:35 PM PDT by seton89 (Use Amendment X as your email signature)
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