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North Korea: Will there be war?

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The topic is about North Korea. Lately, that country has been increasingly "hostile" so to speak in negotiations with the US and the United Nations, etc. concerning their past missile launch tests, and now their nuclear weapons program. They continually thumb their noses at all the UN Security resolutions put forth against them.

Do you think NK will go to war if "pushed to the edge" so to speak?
Would we and our allies of South Korea and Japan be able to stop them?
And what would happen if China got involved?

I don't think North Korea would go to war.  They haven't the man power to threaten anyone other than South Korea.  I don't think the US  will go to war either.  Three decades of wars has left this country broke.  If China got mad at North Korea they would pound them to dust.  China has gained the world's wealth and has a modern military to show for it. 

I think that for the most part, N. Korea is just making threats and hoping that the world will bow to their pressure.  They may have nukes, but so do lots of countries. Some countries, like the US, Russia, and China, have enough to wipe mankind off the face of the earth.

Korea doesnt have the military might to take on any of the bigger, first world countries yet, so I think their destiny is to remain a thorn in our side for at least 10 more years.

Will NK go to war? It's really hard to say. If we and/or the United Nations push too hard with sanctions and other resolutions, then NK may feel backed up against a wall with no way out except for war. Their leadership is very hardline communist, almost to the point of being paranoid I'd say.  :P Everything that's happening right now in the news may be "sabre rattleing" by the NK, but at some point in the future, I wonder if there really will be war. The only thing from stopping the NK from crossing the Demilitarized Zone into South Korea is just a very, very fragile truce. No "official" peace agreement was ever put into place.
Can the NK cross the DMZ and invade South Korea? Frankly, there's really not much to stop them. Their land forces are the highest concentrations of troops and equipment in that region of the world second only to China. The NK has nearly 1 million troops with another 3-4 million in reserve. They've got THOUSANDS of pieces of tanks and combat vehicles. If we get into a land war with them, I fear we may not win it. The downside to their ground forces is that most of their equipment is 1950's to 1970's stuff which is inferior to today's modern stuff and may be lacking in fuel, parts, and maintenance. The plus side is that large quantities of that equipment is scattered and hidden in underground facilities which are hard to locate and destroy. We don't know where they all are due to lack of intelligence.
Their Air Force and Navy is pretty much the same way. Large quantities of equipment, but a lot of it older stuff which is surplus and was bought from China and the Soviet Union. Their Navy is probably no match for us or our allies. Most of their "fleets" are medium or small craft which comprise mostly patrol boats. They have nothing that can go against us in open ocean. Their Navy is mostly a coastal force.
Can we beat them in the air? Possibly. But first, we have to defeat their VERY high concentrations of Surface-to-Air missile networks. The NK has the highest concentration of SAM equipment and sites ever seen in that region of the world.
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I don't know. I agree that it probably won't come to war in the end, but I'm a little more pessimistic about the current situation. Since the end of May alone, North Korea has conducted an underground nuclear test, announced plans to reopen their nuclear facility at Yongbyon, test-fired a whole bunch of missiles into the sea between Japan and Korea, and sentenced two American journalists to 12 years in a Stalinist hard-labor camp. They're really going out of their way to threaten everyone they can right now.

Nobody really knows *anything* for sure about what goes on inside North Korea, but many people believe that Kim Jong-il had a stroke last year that left him incapacitated for a while. People are speculating that now, Kim has recovered enough to start governing again, but the stroke has left him even more erratic and mentally unstable than he was before, and he's starting to do really dangerous things. :o

I don't know what Kim is after, precisely, or what he's trying to make us do, but I think something might have changed for the worse in the past few months.


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