Local military expert weighs in on North Korea
SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- A national military expert with local ties is weighing in on the current North Korea situation.
Colonel David Hunt is a military analyst for Fox News. He says that the President's message had an unnerving implication from a military standpoint.
Colonel Hunt spent six years in Korea, both at the demilitarized zone and in South Korea helping in security preparations for the Olympics.
He says that military action in the region could lead to the death of about a million people in a three or four-day span, and that North Korea, South Korea and Japan could all face massive casualties.
However, Colonel Hunt says the threat extends to the United States.
He believes North Korea is still a few years away from being a legitimate threat, but if the communist nation is able to launch a nuclear missile to the U.S., there is no guarantee we could stop it.
"We don't have a missile defense. We've been testing it, it's less than 50-50. You're shooting a bullet out of the air with another bullet. We have not developed the technology to that point,” Hunt said. "No country is ready for anyone to lob nukes at them. Period."
Colonel Hunt says there are currently more than 28,000 U.S. soldiers in South Korea.