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  • Following alleged nuclear weapon tests by North Korea in January of 2016, the United

  • Nations and South Korea have imposed strict sanctions on the country, and warned dictator

  • Kim Jong Un against further nuclear development. That same week, the North Korean leader threatened

  • to release a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice" at both South Korea and the United

  • States. Such a threat could allegedly provide the basis for a legal declaration of war against

  • North Korea, and made us want to know: What would happen if the United States and North

  • Korea went to war?

  • Well, historically, the countries have been lifelong enemies. The United States was instrumental

  • in the post-World War Two division of Korea, with the US backing South Korea’s development,

  • and Russia backing North Korea. Since then, the US and South Korea have maintained a mutual

  • defense treaty, meaning that in case of aggression, the two countries will back each other against

  • an aggressor.

  • In fact, military alliances are where North Korea suffers the most. With very few exceptions,

  • most notably Russia and China, North Korea has no real allies. Moreover, even Russia

  • and China would be hard pressed to go to war with the United States over a relatively weak

  • and unstable country. It may be more accurate to describe them as friendly mediators than

  • actual, defensive military allies.

  • So with little to no support, how does North Korea fare on its own? Well, militarily it’s

  • a mixed bag. On the one hand, the country’s military dictatorship means that nearly all

  • eligible citizens would be included in their troop count. That’s an estimated 5 million

  • active troops, plus another 5 million fit for service through mandatory conscription.

  • By comparison, the US has only about two and a half million active troops. Unfortunately

  • for North Korea, that’s where their military superiority ends.

  • There is no question that the United States operates the most expensive and modern military

  • on the face of the earth. The biggest reason the US doesn’t have as many troops as North

  • Korea is that they don’t need them. Against technology like fighter drones, smart bombs,

  • and billions of dollars worth of tanks, jets, and battleships, North Korea’s outdated,

  • underfunded, and faulty Soviet-era equipment doesn’t stand a chance. Their annual defense

  • budget is estimated around 7.5 billion dollars, while the US spends more than 77 times that

  • on defense.

  • And while North Korea does have a slight edge of unpredictability concerning their nuclear

  • capabilities, realistically theyve got fewer than ten, crude nuclear bombs. Even

  • one nuclear weapon seems like a big deal, but North Korea’s nuclear program is believed

  • to still be in its infancy, and largely ineffective. By comparison, the United States possesses

  • more than 7,000 nukes, located all around the world. This is alongside a powerful missile

  • defense system which would likely destroy a North Korean missile before it ever reached

  • the US. In the end, there is almost no way for a North Korean attack to end favorably

  • for North Korea. Kim Jong Un is undoubtedly aware of this, which explains why the country

  • regularly threatens to attack but has never actually done it, and likely never will.

  • But while North Korea may stand alone politically, that doesn’t mean they don’t have any

  • trade or diplomatic allies at all. Find out which countries support North Korea by watching

  • this video up top. Or you can get a bird’s eye view at North Korea’s military and economic

  • strength by watching this video below. Thanks for checking out Test Tube News, don’t forget

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