US Commander Warns of Growing North Korean Threat


The top commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says he is concerned about North Korea's growing capability to carry out attacks through nonconventional means, such as cyber warfare and chemical weapons.

Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, General James Thurman said North Korea's advances in computer hacking and biological weapons, combined with its massive conventional military, pose a serious threat to South Korea.

“North Korea continues to pursue asymmetric capabilities, especially in the areas of nuclear, missile and cyber. The development of these asymmetric capabilities and the forward stationing of its conventional forces provide North Korea the ability to attack or provoke the Republic of Korea with little warning.”

Thurman also warns that, if left “unchecked,” the development of Pyongyang's missile capability could eventually threaten the United States.

But he says that the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops..

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