Army Col. David Maxwell (ret.), a former Special Forces officer who once patrolled the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, painted a bleak picture of the opening hours of war between the neighboring countries.
As a guest on the BBC Radio 4 “Analysis” program, Maxwell—who is now the associate director of the Georgetown University Center for Security Studies—said one “miscalculation” by Kim Jong-un could turn into a full-blown war. In the first day of such a conflict, he predicted 64,000 fatalities:
“If I am a North Korea commander I would unleash the firepower of my artillery and inflict as much death and destruction on the South as I can. In the first hours, there will be hundreds of thousands of artillery rounds and rockets fired to the South, and many of them into Seoul,” he said. “Of course, many people won’t get the word, won’t believe it. Many people will be caught out in the open or caught in buildings that will end up being rubble.”
South Korea’s capital city and the surrounding metropolitan area accounts for more than half of the nation’s population, and is where most of the country’s foreign visitors are living and working. Those people would have only a matter of minutes to seek shelter. While many countries have agreements with the South Korean government to provide shelter to their citizens, priority will be given to South Koreans in the event of war.
Full article: Expert: 64,000 Koreans Die in the First Day of War (TruNews)