Is USA vs North Korea war scenario a viable one? Will United States decide to go to war with the hermetic nation of North Korea with merely 25 million people? While, on paper it has a huge army, and it gleefully showcases hundreds of thousands of people in uniform at any mention of war, does the country have a military that stands a chance against South Korea, let alone the US?
Almost everyone was surprised to see North Korea organizing a massive military drill in the heart of the capital with massive missile batteries and other instruments of wars in toe. Tens of aircraft that Western military experts claim to be nothing more than junk hovered overhead as the young Korean leader inspected the arena.
As the US dispatched a massive navy armada to the region, North Korea warned of powerful reprisal against South Korea and the US. Around thirty thousand US soldiers are stationed in South Korea for the last several decades and the military rhetoric between the two has never ceased.
Reports suggest that North Korea launched a missile early on Sunday, though it is said that it exploded immediately after the launch. The reported test launch came a day after North Korea held a massive military parade in its capital, Pyongyang, marking the birth anniversary of the state founder, where what appeared to be new ballistic missiles were displayed. The attempted blast off near Sinpo, on North Korea’s east coast, is believed to have failed shortly after launch, South Korean and US officials said.
There are rumors that the American hackers foiled the most recent ballistic missile launch by North Korea. The US Pacific Command detected and tracked what it assessed to be a North Korean ballistic missile launch early on Sunday, said Navy Commander Dave Benham, a military spokesman. “The missile blew up almost immediately,” Benham said. “The type of missile is still being assessed.”
Given the escalating rhetoric between North Korea and the US, the country most worried is China. China says that there can be no winners in a war between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, while pledging support for dialogue between the sides as tensions have recently been on the rise.
Wang, while talking about it said, “We call upon all the parties, no matter verbally or in action, to stop provoking and threatening each other and not to allow the situation to become irretrievable and out of control…As long as dialogue takes place, it can be official or unofficial, through one channel or dual channels, bilateral or multilateral. China is willing to give support to all of them.”
American experts are very disturbed over latest display of long range missiles. A Report in CBC says while quoting Kim Dong-yub, a North Korea expert at Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies says, “…the canisters and trucks suggested that the North was developing technology to “cold launch” ICBMs, ejecting them from the canisters before they ignite. This would allow North Korea to launch its missiles without damaging its limited number of ICBM-capable launcher trucks and also make the missiles harder to detect after they’re fired, he said. Cold launches would also allow the missiles to be fired from silos…Kim, the analyst, said it’s likely that North Korea is also developing solid-fuel ICBMs, and that some of the rockets inside the canisters on Saturday might have been prototypes.