Posted: 2017-08-13 04:55:33

SEOUL—South Korea’s capital sits so close to North Korea—35 miles away—that Kim Jong Un wouldn’t need ballistic or cruise missiles to damage the city: Shelling it with the artillery that Pyongyang has amassed near the border would suffice.

If North Korea were to attack Seoul, either in a pre-emptive strike or in response to a U.S. assault on its soil, the 25 million citizens in the metropolitan area would be urged to seek shelter,...

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