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U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to confront what's probably the most reckless, risk-taking regime on the planet.A careful look at the details of U.S. military and diplomatic planning shows why this confrontation will be so delicate and dangerous. The U.S. can't go it alone in Korea, in either war or peace."OPLAN 5027," as it's known, is a compendium of logistical details, but the basic premise is simple: The U.S. will fight alongside South Korea to gain control of the peninsula, and the Pentagon will need nearly two months to transport needed soldiers and equipment.If Trump decides that negotiations aren't likely to succeed, he would presumably start moving materiel and troops from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.All the while, as the U.S. conducts this 45-to-60-day buildup, Seoul and its 10 million residents would be vulnerable to a North Korean pre-emptive attack. To woo Beijing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pledged that the U.S. doesn't seek regime change or collapse in Pyongyang, won't support any quick Korean reunification, and doesn't want to send U.S. troops north of the 38th parallel.
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