字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント 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like fighter drones, smart bombs, and billions of dollars worth of tanks, jets, and battleships, North Korea’s outdated, underfunded, and faulty Soviet-era equipment doesn’t stand a chance.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 they’ve 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 to like and subscribe for new videos every day.