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USG mulled evacuating U.S. citizens from Japan, ROK due to North Korean situation

Sunday’s Asahi carried its interview with former commander of U.S. Forces in Korea Gen. Brooks, who disclosed that in the fall of 2017 when the North Korean situation was at its most tense in recent years, the U.S. government was considering evacuating hundreds of thousands of American citizens living in Japan and the Republic of Korea. Gen. Brooks reportedly expressed opposition to the idea on the grounds that if it were implemented, North Korea might “misread” the situation and trigger a war. As a result, the evacuation did not take place.

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