SUMTER, SC (WACH)--Retired Major General Thomas said American forces train with South Koreans every March.
But after a recent training mission between the two countries, North Korea is up in arms.
"They (North Korea) are building and may have a weaponized atomic weapon that they could put on their missile," Olsen said. "Which is something they have not had before."
The training exercise comes after North Korean threats of nuclear strikes on Washington D.C. and Seoul, South Korea from Kim Jong Un. The North Korean leader sees the military drills as a way to plot an invasion.
"We stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in South Korea to ensure that the interests of the U.S. and allies remain protected," White House Principle Dep. Press Sec. Josh Earnest said.
Olsen is a former Fighter Pilot who spent almost 35 years in the Air Force; including time in South Korea. The Sumter man said North Korea can attack their neighbors to the south with conventional weapons, but don't have nuclear capabilities yet. He said U.S. and North Korea relations have deteriorated after recent nuclear test launches by North Korea, despite American pleas to stop.
Olsen said that has resulted in public backing from other countries.
"We have the support of the U.N. and we all have other national forces that will come forward."
Support he said will lead to a positive resolution in the end.