The proposition of a military conflict between the United States and North Korea is a terrifying one, and not only for the obvious reasons.
The reclusive regime of North Korea has long been a thorn in the side of the United States. Their constant antagonization of the U.S. and her Asian allies has created a reputation for the DPRK as one voracious nuisance in the region, and, to a lesser extent, on the global stage as well. The give-and-take dance that the Kim dynasty has performed over the course of the last several decades has been well-calculated at times, ramping up their aggressive behavior to just barely toe the line of indecency before asking the U.N. for certain accommodations in order to appease the world at large.
This long-understood manipulative tactic has been retired, it seems, in 2017.
Now, North Korea is openly pushing for war with the United States through a series of threats, nuclear tests, and the dual launches of their first ever intercontinental ballistic missiles back in July. The U.S. is just about finished tolerating Kim Jong Un’s nonsense, but a military confrontation between the nations comes at a great risk.
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The United States would need to tread very carefully during any conflict with North Korea for a multitude of reasons. Not only does Kim Jong Un possess the world’s 4th largest army, but he could very well have the backing of the Chinese and Russian governments – two mighty forces on their own accord.
Now, one defector from the hermit kingdom has another concern for U.S. strategists to examine: The possibility that an American strike on North Korea would set off a series of automatic deployments of heavy artillery targeting Seoul, South Korea.
“A North Korean defector told a congressional hearing that any pre-emptive U.S. military strike against the rogue regime would trigger automatic retaliation, with the communist dictatorship unleashing artillery and missiles on South Korea.
“He said North Korea has tens of thousands of artillery guns and short-range missiles at the military demarcation line, and the North’s officers are trained to open fire on the South in response to any bombing or a U.S. military strike.”
During his speaking time, the defector did admit that the U.S. and South Korea would almost certainly triumph over the insidious Kim Jong Un and his military, but not without a massive loss of life in Seoul.
This will likely further complicate President Trump’s recent war of words with Kim, with both leaders threatening mass destruction and chaos should the other cross their respective line in the sand.