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Topic - James D. Thurman
Heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula have led the United States to postpone congressional testimony by the top U.S. military commander in South Korea and delay a U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile test from a West Coast base.
The greatest danger on the divided Korean Peninsula, where bellicose nuclear rhetoric from the North and muscle-flexing joint military exercises by Washington and Seoul in the South have ratcheted tension to a fever pitch, is that an accident or miscalculation inadvertently could escalate into an all-out war, according to the general commanding U.S. military forces there.
Top U.S. defense officials Wednesday expressed pessimism that North Korea would scrap its plans to launch a satellite next month using a long-range missile in violation of international restrictions.
Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of U.S. military forces in Korea, says Pyongyang's new road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, the KN-08, poses a threat because of the difficulty of tracking and targeting the hard-to-find systems.
North Korean cyberattacks "have been increasingly employed against a variety of targets including military, governmental, educational and commercial institutions" in the South, Gen. Thurman said.