>> Maybe it wasn't tough enough.>> As taunts between the US and North Korea hit new levels experts, are warning that military conflict could bring about the kind of devastation not seen since World War II. Spikes in tension between the two sides are nothing new, but with the super charged rhetoric between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un escalating quickly, analysts tell Reuters that there is a heightened risk of miscalculation that could make nightmares a reality.
Reuters Foreign Policy Correspondent David Brunstrom explains why a new conflict could spell catastrophe.>> The problem is North Korean retaliation. And the possibility of it escalating into using more than conventional weapons. And that could include chemical, biological, and possibly nuclear weapons. It's difficult to estimate quite how bad things could be.
But, I mean, by way of example, more than 50,000 Americans died in the last Korean war and millions of Koreans. Did he factor nuclear weapons into this equation? You could have casualties surpassing those.>> Even a conventional clash could quickly horrific. Thousands of North Korean weapons are permanently aimed at the South Capital, Seoul, home to 25 million people.
And beyond the human toll, war would have the real potential to throw the world economy off balance.>> I think most military analysts say that the United States certainly would prevail in a conflict against North Korea ultimately. But there's a potential for a massive human cost and economic cost, both in the region and worldwide.
South Korea is the 11th largest economy in the world. Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world. China is on the North Korean border, and it's the 2nd largest economy in the world. So the economic impact is sure to be immense.>> According to one former US military officer, even if everything went right for the Pentagon, a successful strike campaign would take at least a month from start to finish, giving North Korea plenty of time for a potentially devastating response from the moment the first shot was fired.