The ones likely to die would be in Seoul, South Korea and Pyonyang, North Korea the most and any soldiers on the DMZ from either side. These would be the first likely to die. Then you have to think about radiation blowing on the winds into China, Russia and Japan and out of North korea and out of South Korea on prevailing winds.
Then you have to think about how Thaad (anti-Missile missiles are operational this week and next from then on in South Korea which can shoot down missiles but not artillery shells of which North Korea with about 15,000 to 30,000 artillery pieces firing once every few seconds to a minute would pulverize South Korea with in a few hours of firing over from north Korea. My point of view would be that if this is coming families might think about sending women and children at least towards Busan, Jeju Island or into Japan until this thing blows over or blows up one of the two. Richer people might send their women and children to Australia, Thailand or even to the U.S. or Europe or China where it might be safer (but not down wind of either South or North Korea where radiation might flow on the prevailing winds.
But, here's the thing. The nuclear weapons are only going to get worse not better in North Korea so if there isn't war now more and more and more millions will inevitably die from bigger and bigger nukes in the future until Earth itself might be gone from North Korea.
Even now if they hit in a triangular pattern like they did on Maldek and blow through to the Magma this planet might destroy itself too if water goes down into the magma and starts blowing chunks off the planet into the atmosphere and into space. One you start that chain reaction the atmosphere and the crust will leave into the atmosphere or into space to the point where the planet becomes unstable like a top spinning out of balance and it will fly apart on it's own at that point.
Remember, outside of little nukes being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki no one really knows what will or could actually happen if nukes start going off in that area of the world or anywhere else. LOOK at just what Fukushima and Chernobyl have done to make those areas uninhabitable for hundreds of years even now!
Just with Artillery North Korea could take out most of Seoul, South Korea within a few hours or 24 hours of artillery without using missiles or nukes! So, thousands to millions could die overnight even without any nukes in a battle!
The retalliation of either side once things got triggered would literally be beyond belief and might only be 24 to 48 hours with millions dead on all sides.
And now, any miscalculation (like a very inexperienced new U.S. president) could set this off in an unguarded moment from either side. So, we are dealing with something potentially much worse than what happened from 9-11 during the danger of the confusion of the first 24 hours of world annihilation.
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Trump wary of 'major, major' conflict with North Korea as UN meets
- "We'd love to solve things diplomatically, but it's very difficult"
- Trump had kind words for Chinese President Xi Jinping
(CNN)US President Donald Trump said on Thursday not to discount the chance of a military conflict with North Korea.
"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea," Trump told Reuters amid an ongoing standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
He said he would prefer, however, to avoid conflict and peaceably achieve a non-nuclear North Korea.
"We'd love to solve things diplomatically, but it's very difficult," Trump said.
Trump had kind words for Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he had previously criticized for not doing enough on North Korea -- for "trying very hard" to resolve the crisis.
"He certainly doesn't want to see turmoil and death," Trump said in the interview. "I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it's possible that he can't."
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a Fox News interview Thursday that the Chinese had told North Korea they would impose sanctions on the isolated nation if it carried out another nuclear test.
Trump's comments come a day after his administration briefed nearly every US senator on the North Korea issue, a rare gathering of the entire Senate at the White House.
Some senators said they were reassured by the hour-long update -- led by Trump's national security advisers -- but learned little new information from it.
North Korea has dominated much of Trump's first 100 days in office, as Pyongyang paraded missiles and threatened US forces in the region.
Around four in 10 Americans see North Korea as an "immediate threat" to US security, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Most Americans (67%) say they support using military troops to help defend South Korea should the North attack.
On Thursday, a North Korean official told CNN the country's nuclear tests would "never stop" as long as the US continued what they viewed as "acts of aggression."
Russia calls for talks
Also speaking Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for calm in the region and urged the resumption of six-party talks.
The talks -- between the US, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea -- were an effort to prevent Pyongyang from advancing its nuclear program, but they broke down in 2008 and attempts to revive them have failed.
In the intervening years, North Korea has conducted four nuclear tests, including a purported hydrogen bomb test.
"We call on all the countries involved in regional issues to refrain from military rhetoric and strive for calm and constructive dialogue. We see, as a common task, the early resumption of six-party talks," Putin said, at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.