May 27, 2016 09:21
A former U.S. Forces Korea chief has said that instability in North Korea will lead to its collapse "sooner than many of us think."
Gen. Walter Sharp, who led the USFK from 2008 to 2011, was speaking at a forum in Hawaii, according to the Stars and Stripes army daily on Wednesday.
"There would be major changes" on the Korean Peninsula before the tenure of the current USFK chief ends in three years' time.
"I believe there will be strong provocations, strong attacks by North Korea that could quickly escalate into a much bigger conflict," Sharp added.
He pointed out that China, the North's sole ally, joined the most recent round of UN sanctions.
"North Korea's economy is clearly not meeting the needs of the people of North Korea," he said.
"Planning for what happens after the North's collapse must begin now," Sharp said, stressing the "need to work very hard to plan and exercise" for regime collapse and "to provide stability and security in a collapse scenario within North Korea."
"I could see a role for the United Nations along the border between what is now North Korea and China, doing border control there, perhaps with China as the lead of that UN command up there," he said.
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