Judging by recent statements of Army officials of North Korea, the country has approved management plans for nuclear strikesTarget areas for America, one of the last in a series of apocalyptic threats that were the result of very strained relationsbroken on the Korean peninsula.
Many analysts they say that the rhetoric of the North is only for «internal use», intended to supportpower favorite young Kim Jong-un.But they also behold the possibility that the situation with constantly increasing number of provocations can get out of control and causefull-scale conflict.
Here are some facts weapons, nuclear and mundane, the Korean Peninsula and some likely scenarios for the final conflict.
1.2 million-strong army of the armed forces of the North, 5 largest in the world, has 4.1 million reservists, 8,500 artillery pieces and 5,100reusable rocket launchers and about 620 combat aircraft.Approximately 600 single-stage liquid ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets in South Korea, plus 200-300 missileswhich could reach the land of the rising sun.
In the North, may have quite a plutonium to make four — eight nuclear bombs, but no one knows if they have theirdevelopment to make it a missile warheads.
Experts they say that most of the equipment with the same old North neuvvyazkami lack of fuel and spare parts, butordinary artillery and rockets can cause huge loss and severe damage in Seoul, which is only 50 kilometers(30 miles) south of the border in any surprise attack.
In the North, as well as believe there to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, with the possibility of delivery to the target artillery or missile.
655,000-strong armed forces of South Korea supported South American troops Basis in the South since the 1950-53 totaldifficulties 28,000 fighter. In the South, there are approximately 2,400 medium tanks plus 50 U.S. tanks, 5200 artillery shells and200 reusable rocket launchers.
Also has about 460 combat aircraft plus 90 American cars, but as with most military means qualitysuperior to the North. In a sea of South Korea may deploy 19 major warships in comparison with 3 North.Powerful South American reinforcements could be sent promptly peninsula, in case of conflict, to supporttroops, already used on South Korean soil.
South American army withdrew all its tactical nuclear weapons from South Korea in 1991, and the South, there is no such tool. But the U.S. guarantee«Nuclear umbrella» if his ally subjected to atomic attack.
What might have happened?
Fully maybe nothing. But the North can arrange completely limited provocation on the border areas, such as the shellingSouth Island in 2010, which eventually killed 4 people.
Such incident can quickly grow into a severe conflict. Contract South Korea-United States, signed last month, anticipatesunited military response to even a small level of provocation.
If war broke out, WHO WOULD overpowered?
Despite the frightening danger, most analysts believe that the North would never venture to inflict a first nuclear strike.Much of North Korean troops and ordinary firepower based close to the border with the South, at a theoretical level means frisky invasion in 1950.
Though what may be preceded by a devastating attack shelling strategic and military facilities south of the border and at the Seoul.
«I’m sure we could be able to stop the attack, preventing the possibility of unacceptable damage»said General Walter Sharp, then a South American military commander in South Korea, in an interview in 2011 with Wall Street Journal.
English International Institute for Strategic Research papers said that with both sides faced with tragiclosses, neither willing to fight for fear of the consequences.
The danger lies in the fact that the war could start because of miscalculation, misperception of events …