What’s the Deal with North Korea?
April 27, 2017
On a more serious note than last week, North Korea is testing weapons.
Medium-range Ballistic Missiles (MRBM).
The missile tested by North Korea on April 15th, 2017 was an unidentified land-based missile that exploded immediately after launch.
This is a relief for South Koreans and Americans both as the American military is deploying Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, THAAD, systems to South Korea to defend against North Korean aggression.
What exactly is THAAD though?
THAAD is a counter measure to inner and outer atmosphere missiles and the land based platform is highly mobile allowing it to be placed anywhere in the world extremely quickly.
It’s the most advanced system of ballistic missile defense Lockheed-Martin has ever devised.
But would it be capable of defending against a nuclear weapon?
The answer is yes, however the results would be catastrophic to civilians under the airburst.
Nuclear blasts are extremely dangerous on the ground but a high atmosphere airburst would not be as dangerous as the nuclear fallout would disperse in the atmosphere, whereas on the ground the fallout would settle into the ground due to gravity. The radiation would take years to disperse as the thermonuclear missiles (that North Korea is threatening to use) are more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This is only speculation though as North Korea may not even possess the ability to produce these weapons and is more likely that their weapons of mass destruction are only similar to the bombs America dropped on Japan.
Also if it comes to total war the United States would CRUSH North Korea.
United States Military Manpower (taken from GlobalFirepower.com):
Total Population: 321,368,864
Available Manpower: 145,215,000
Fit for Service: 120,025,000
Reaching Military Service Annually: 4,220,000
Active Front-line Personnel: 1,400,000
North Korea Military Manpower (taken from GlobalFirepower.com):
Total Population: 24,983,205
Available Manpower: 13,000,000
Fit for Service: 10,100,000
Reaching Military Service Annually: 415,000
Active Front-line Personnel: 700,000
Other stats shown on Global Firepower for both countries. However these stats shown doesn’t paint the entire picture because on land, air, and sea the United States outclasses North Korea in every category.
Oil production is also essential for any military to stand and North Korea produces 100 barrels per day, uses 15,000 barrels per day, and has no proven reserves while the US has 8,653,000 BBL/Day, uses 19,000,000 BBL/Day, and has 36,520,000,000 in proven reserves.
Also the US defense budget is 581,000,000,000 whereas NK’s is 7,500,000,000.
Well if this doesn’t show that North Korea is literally almost no threat I think this will, Pyongyang (the county’s capital city) possess 3,222,000 people of their 24,983,205 population… 1/8th of the entire population of North Korea housed in one city. In thermonuclear war the US could end the North Korean threat with one Thermo-nuclear bomb but we’re not going to resort to that particular nuclear option.
North Korea may be a threat however they are not as big of a threat as the liberal media makes them out to be.