If Washington decides to carry out a unilateral military action against Pyongyang, the attack could lead to a nuclear disaster affecting the entire Korean Peninsula, Director of the Center of South Korean Studies at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Zhebin told Sputnik.
"Approximately 30 nuclear power plants are operational in South Korea. Several of them could be destroyed even if conventional bombs and shells are used. This could lead to five-six Chernobyl-type disasters on a relatively small area of 99 square kilometers that could instantly turn into a place unsuitable for life," he explained.
Zhebin pointed out that despite Washington's tough rhetoric, the White House appears to be reluctant to act unilaterally in North Korea since a military operation in the country is significantly more dangerous that a massive airstrike in Syria.
The Pentagon "cannot but take into account that in case of an airstrike against North Korea, US-made Tomahawks will fly toward the territory of Russia and China. This is a more dangerous scenario than the show of force in Syria," he said. "Russia will not be able to wait for US missiles to accidentally land on its territory. Moscow will be forced to shoot down the missiles while they are in North Korean airspace."
"Otherwise, the United States could have carried out an airstrike against North Korea long ago," he said.
Zhebin also pointed out that Tomahawk cruise missiles have an issue with accuracy.
"The war in Iraq has shown that US missiles landed in all neighboring countries, whether by mistake or intentionally. In any case, they were found there. As a result, Washington's possible offensive operation in North Korea, a nuclear-armed state bordering Russia and China, seems like madness from the military point of view. It also points to extreme adventurism on the part of the current US administration," he said.
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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 17th, 2017.]