Last Updated Nov 1, 2017 3:49 PM EDT
WASHINGTON -- A high-rankinghas told a congressional hearing that a pre-emptive U.S. military strike would trigger automatic retaliation, with the North unleashing artillery and short-range missile fire on South Korea.
Thae Yong Ho was testifying Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He defected in 2016 as deputy chief of mission at the North Korean Embassy in London.
Thae said theafter a preventive military strike, but there would be a "human sacrifice."
"In order to prevent more possible defections from North Korea, I think Kim Jong-un will do anything," Thae previously said during an
Thae said North Korea has tens of thousands of artillery guns and short-range missiles at the military demarcation line, and the North's officers are trained to open fire on the South in response to any bombing or a U.S. military strike.