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U.S. strike would set off automated North Korea retaliation, defector says

WASHINGTON — A high-ranking North Korean defector has advised a congressional listening to pre-emptive U.S. navy strike would set off automated retaliation, with the North unleashing artillery and short-range missile hearth on South Korea. 

Thae Yong Ho was testifying Wednesday earlier than the Home Overseas Affairs Committee. He defected in 2016 as deputy chief of mission on the North Korean Embassy in London.

Thae mentioned the U.S. and South Korea would win a struggle after a preventive navy strike, however there could be a “human sacrifice.” 

He mentioned North Korea has tens of 1000’s of artillery weapons and short-range missiles on the navy demarcation line, and the North’s officers are educated to open hearth on the South in response to any bombing or a U.S. navy strike.

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