- 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
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.
The soldiers would have to contend with artillery and rocket bombardments and should ‘expect’ attacks with chemical and nuclear weapons as well, he wrote in a letter seen by Newsweek.
One distinct advantage held by American forces is a vastly superior air force which could be used to take out artillery and rocket batteries – but this task would likely take ‘days’, Jouas said, during which ‘a lot of people will die’.
And if North Korean troops advance quickly into major cities in the South much America’s air power would be negated for fear of killing civilians with strikes, he said.