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Alas, U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be doing everything he can to violate Lee's dictum.In fact, it is North Korea that provokes and threatens South Korea, as it has done since it first invaded the South in 1950 . North Korea is believed to have about a million active-duty troops, almost double the South, and it has constructed perhaps as many as 20 tunnels to mount a surprise invasion. North Korea also has more than 6,000 pieces of artillery that can reach South Korea, including some whose range is so long that 32.5 million people are in danger, more than half the country's population, according to a study by the Rand Corp.The U.S. Defense Department estimated in 2006 that if North Korea opened artillery fire on the south, 250,000 people would be killed in Seoul alone, the Rand study notes.Even worse, Trump signaled that he would like to end the American troop presence in South Korea.Since South Korea covers almost half the costs of U.S. troops stationed there, moving them to, say, Georgia, would not be cheaper.Were Trump to follow through on his impulse to withdraw troops from South Korea, the U.S. would fall far below that threshold.
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