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    North Korea’s Military Capabilities

    North Korea’s Military Capabilities

    The Council on Foreign Relations outlines North Korea's military capabilities. They have the 4th largest army and spend ~25% of its GDP on it.

    The United States and its Asian allies regard North Korea as a grave security threat. North Korea has one of the world’s largest conventional military forces, which, combined with its missile and nuclear tests and aggressive rhetoric, has aroused concern worldwide. But world powers have been ineffective in slowing its path to acquire nuclear weapons.

    While it remains among the poorest countries in the world, North Korea spends nearly a quarter of its gross domestic product (GDP) on its military, according to U.S. State Department estimates. Its brinkmanship will continue to test regional and international partnerships aimed at preserving stability and security. Recent U.S.-North Korea summits and U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s brief meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone in June 2019, have deepened direct diplomacy. But the negotiations so far demonstrate that the dismantling of North Korea’s arsenal will remain a lengthy and challenging process.


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    It wouldn't be a cake walk by any means.
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    They don't have the capability to stand tall against US forces. They have no battle experience and their training is inferior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    It wouldn't be a cake walk by any means.
    Yeah, they aren't like Iranians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    North Korea’s Military Capabilities

    The Council on Foreign Relations outlines North Korea's military capabilities. They have the 4th largest army and spend ~25% of its GDP on it.



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    Just prior to the first Gulf War, Iraq had the 4th largest army in the world. About 48 hours into the battle they had perhaps the twentieth largest army. The only danger they piss would be a surprise artillery attack on Seoul. If they did that, they’d have no army left not long after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Yeah, they aren't like Iranians.
    Nope. Although I don't think the Iranians would be a cake walk either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    Just prior to the first Gulf War, Iraq had the 4th largest army in the world. About 48 hours into the battle they had perhaps the twentieth largest army. The only danger they piss would be a surprise artillery attack on Seoul. If they did that, they’d have no army left not long after that.
    In manpower maybe but while their army had a lot of people it's equipment was 50 years old. The didn't even have night vision so we just attacked at night. It was like the Giants playing the Browns only the Browns don't have helmets or pads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    In manpower maybe but while their army had a lot of people it's equipment was 50 years old. The didn't even have night vision so we just attacked at night. It was like the Giants playing the Browns only the Browns don't have helmets or pads.

    North Korea is more poorly equipped than Iraq was. Plus they have no combat experience in their military leadership. The North Korean military would get slagged in in short order.


    The difficulties in North Korea would be post combat operations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    Nope. Although I don't think the Iranians would be a cake walk either.
    Post combat operations would be the nightmare there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    Post combat operations would be the nightmare there too.
    Bush mentioned this after combat operations in Iraq in 2003.
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