North Korea has more than a million-man army and almost 8 million in reserve.
Wikipedia states, “As of 2016, with 5,889,000 paramilitary personnel, it is the largest paramilitary organization on Earth. This number represents 25 percent of the North Korean population.”
And they are far better equipped than in the 1950s when we fought to a cease fire.
I’ve also read they have extensive tunnels and over 21,000 artillery pieces and 3,500 tanks throughout their country. If they were to get assistance from China again, their forces could triple.
According to Wikipedia, “The projected active duty end strength in the armed forces for (fiscal year) 2017 was 1,281,900 people, with an additional 801,200 people in the seven reserve components.”
The last time we fought North Korea, we had assistance from the U.N. Can we count on that assistance now?
North Korea can easily destroy Seoul, South Korea, where about 24 million people live; the U.S. bases in South Korea; and probably U.S. bases in Japan as well. They will soon be able to strike our base in Guam, and of course their stated objective is to develop the ability to have nuclear-tipped missiles that can hit the U.S. mainland.
Could their submarines do that now? They have over 70 subs.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation recently that a conflict with North Korea would be “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetime. … The bottom line is, it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat – if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means.”
Our news media are all wrapped up in Comey, Trump and Twitter, the voting, climate change, trans and other kinds of gender, whose bathrooms and day-to-day news – but very little about what I consider the most significant problem we face today: North Korea and its pint-sized, five-by-five Supreme Commander.
Once Kim Jong-un has the capability to lob a nuclear bomb or a few of them on the U.S. mainland, don’t you think he is crazy enough to do so?
Diplomacy has yielded no results. At what point does the U.S. act?
It would be foolish to launch a land war against North Korea. Any attack by the U.S. would certainly cause 24 million South Koreans to be killed in Seoul, and there is the potential of 50 to 100 million people killed in the Koreas and in Japan.
One day of fighting could cause more deaths than all that occurred worldwide during WWII.
We cannot consider this a stalemate. North Korea is very active in developing its capability. This is my primary concern – not the political atmosphere in Washington that the news media is directing our attention to.
Neil O. Myers